Trader Joe's

(415)346-9964 33 HARLOW CT
NAPA, CA
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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 »

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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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Trader Joe's on Snooth

  • Castro Cellars has an additional outlet, if you don't want to beat it down to Paso. They provide much of the "Trader Joe's" label product. It may or may not be their best product, but who knows. It may be even more enjoyable than the house label EMARK tasted! I'm not sure if he's still the winemaker, but it was Tom Myers, a very respected vintne... Read More

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  • Here's what I'm drinking tonight with a Porterhouse (could easily afford because the wine here is only $4.99.Sometimes I accompany the wife to Trader Joe's and I've had phenomenal success with some of their wines. I use the Vivino app to scan the face of what's on super sale, get the reviews (sorry Snooth usually doesn't show up in their archive... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Well. GregT, let's try a few of those on President's day weekend and find out.I should probably have included a '68 BV GdlT that I drank in 1975, and that Yverdon Cab we bought at the Santa Ana Trader Joe's in '77 but the memories are a little too dim....Can I include whisk(e)y?  My first bottle of Weller Centennial in '98 or so.  Few experience... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines that Sing


  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Hard to say what it exactly is, but we've all had moments when wines were really open and "singing" maybe after a quick decant, or hours of air, they just started to open and catch fire. I can think of quite a few wines that stick out in this way, though it seems like a very unpredictable phenomenon. Also, what the heck is going on with wines th... Read More

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  • @ DVOGLER…Apparently you didn't read what I said previously...@DEVOLGER Reply Jan 19.…"Yes, I do buy wines of the shelve of a few wine stores somewhat blindly. I’m a certified wine educator and competition wine judge. I sometimes have another person purchase wines for me and do blind tastings of certain varietals"I hope that answerers the majori... Read More

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  • Here's the funny thing:  For just a minute, Napa Ridge Cab was made from grapes from Napa Valley.  So that added to the confusion.  Franzia sometimes bought up labels that had some history or a reputation.  (His company is called Bronco, because the Franzia name was bought by Coca Cola and sold to The Wine Group.  So there's lots of history and ... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • (Okay, it's like throwing the basketball off the backboard to pad your rebounding stats, Responding to my own post?  Not really, just breaking it into more manageable pieces.)More on the cookbook:First, there are these recipes for stuff we are now more familiar with, but the ingredients weren't readily available.  Check out "Risotto Italiene."  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Taste of California Wine...


  • I mentioned this a while ago, but didn't get around to the post.  We stayed from September to end of December at a condominium in a complex built in the '70s. They've renovated and rebuilt since then (there were several major lawsuits for construction defects--built on fill!), but the architecture and the vibe is still very of that period. Our u... Read More

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