Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores that began in Pasadena, California and are now peppered across the United States. The first store, then called Pronto Markets, opened in 1958. In 1967 as the business expanded, founder Joe Coulombe changed the name to Trader Joe’s and began the trademark Hawaiian themed decor, complete with staff all wearing Hawaiian shirts. The stores specialize in private label food and grocery items, many of them certified organic and sustainable. Foods are labeled in whimsical accordance to the ethnicity of the products, i.e. “Trader Giotto’s” for Italian, “Trader José’s” for Mexican, “Trader Ming’s” for Chinese, etc. This direct supply method allows them to pass savings onto customers by keeping costs low. If an item doesn’t sell well, it is (often to the consternation of some customers) discontinued. A maritime bell is used as a means of communication (one bell = assistance Read more »

Varietals Produced by Trader Joe's View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Trader Joe's on Snooth

  • Long Shadows seems like a guest chef program, but in wine.  In college, our dining program would bring in chefs from around the US about four times a year under the "Cross Country Gourmet" rubric.  There was a lottery type system with a limited number of seats, and someone would come from a resto and we'd get a decent meal on our own turf.  LS g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3

  • Can anyone help me figure out the difference between the Dave Phinney (Orin Swift) Locations F1, F2 and F3 wines. I tried one that was listed as a 2011 vintage. I did not see the bottle and don't know which to look for. Do the 1, 2 and 3 correspond to vintage? Any clarification is appreciated.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3

  • Al, I am inclined to agree with DM and OT about the veracity of that article.  I think the takeaway from their comments is that wine and winemaking are very complicated and generalizations can break down quickly.  On the other hand, it might be useful to casual wine drinkers who are looking for easy-to-follow generalizations.  I think that for 9... Read More

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  • This might be the quintessential (5th Element) supermarket wine.  I think I bought this at Total Wine, but I know I've also bought it at Trader Joe's, and I'll bet $1 that I can buy it at Albertson's or Von’s  Haggen's. Au Bon Climat and Jim Clendenen are very important entries in the history of California Central Coast wine.  This Chardonnay is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • So clearly they market beer differently in Japan than in the US. I can't believe that label would sell a single six pack here!For that seafood, I'd bring a good white, probably N. Spain but actually a Greek wine would be great too. If they could chill it for you.As far as the poutine goes, I think there's some kind of movement to get that to be ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines

  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much and doesn't like whites. The burgers were going to be 50/50 bacon/beef, which opened a world of possibilities so we decided to go all-American. Halcón Vineyards Prado to start, a 50.50 Marsanne/Rousanne blend that would have gone really well with the mushroo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines

  • Boy, Al, that pizza looks pretty good--almost as good as some that I've seen that came off the Forestville BGE.And, speaking of the Wine Guru of Forestville, we're going with one of his buddies' wine, tonight: McGah Vineyard, tonight.  I whle back I reported on the Toffanelli Vineyard.  I have to say I like this one as much as the Toffanelli.  L... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  •  some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod I went to Vons and I'm having the worst piece of fish I've had in years. Well, pretty soon you won't be able to kick around Von's any more.  They've been bought by Alberson's.  If it hasn't happened already, your local Von's is going to be converted to an Alberston's or, as happened in my neighborhood, a Hag... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...

  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the idea to pair up Greg and a friend from the Netherlands who was in San Diego for a convention, due to their interest in Tokaj, and it seemed to work well, everyone having a good time.Lessons Learned: Harslevelu is good stuff, and probably my new favorite white wine gra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...

  • Trader Joe's two buck chuck is on the list also. Well....that's what ya get for $2 I guess. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Arsenic in our wine??

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