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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • The wines of Cariñena may be unknown to you, as they were to me until my recent trip to the region which i reported on here:  Now that I am more familiar with these intriguing wines I've spent some time sharing them with my wine writing friends to get their impressions of the wines, and to see how they might position the wines in the US market. ... Read More

    From the article Carinena's ready to Take Center Stage


  • Laura, that almost sounds dirty.  Good thing the kid is in bed.In honor of the day:Salut a la France And getting a start on Syrah Week.Medium bodied, quite earthy--I dare anybody to give this one any kind of fruit descriptor--fairly tart.  I'll probably be having some cheese in a few minutes (triple cream St. Andre from Trader Joe's) and I'll be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • University of California at Seventeenth and Bristol -- AKA Santa Ana Jr. College.Yes, back then, there were probable no more than a dozen Trader Joe's in the whole world.   I had two that were pretty convenient.  I lived in Santa Ana and I went to college in Fullerton.  There was one in Placentia about a mile from the college.  I know the origin... Read More

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  • Fox, I did not know about the changes at TV.  Thanks for posting the link.  I do remember the Yverdon label, and, probably, had it once or twice.  Gosh, your family shopped at the Santa Ana Trader Joe's--at the corner of Main and 14th?  It ain't there anymore.  Next you'll be telling me where UCSB is.Just returned from the Chino Hills Trader Joe... Read More

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  • AZ Snoother, We don't hate, at least I don't!  When it comes to wine, I'm a fan of good wine from anywhere.  France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the odd German and Aussie, heck, I had a Slovenian Furmint recently.  South African Chenin?  Got that.  It just has to be tasty and reasonably priced.EMark, although Smith Madrone is old and Terra Valentine... Read More

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  • Hoping that some of you might be able to help me out. I'm going down to AZ for vacation next week. I'm really only broadly planning which areas to go to now, and I really want to nail down some plans so I can have some idea of what we're doing! I know that there is some wine tourism in Arizona. Do you guys know anything about the wines or wineri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Arizona?!


  • Hi Jack (oh no, now I'm on the No-Fly list),Jon is correct.  The vintage is important.  I made the mistake of buying a 1998 Bertani and held it for several years, and the vintage info implied that it wasn't excellent.  I opened it at Christmas (recently) and it was merely okay.  I have a 2000 Bertani that should be better.  2004 was a good year ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner


  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have neighbors who can cook and who appreciate my wine...makes for a nice group effort.Not much time to go over everything in detail, but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner


  • People really have cheese delivered? Temperatures matter. Don't you have to get everything delivered overnight? Fox - I'm missing NYC right now. Looked for cheese all over San Diego and all I could find so far are Tillamook and Kraft and Boar's Head. For blue cheese and the only thing I could come up with was Stella.Seriously?That's going from b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Reliable/Relatively...


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