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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Had some the neighbors over Friday night...some good wines had. The '76 Sterling was one of their contributions, though it did not show very well it was fun to taste. We came up with some fun descriptors as well...Bold, musky aromatics of Iodine, deer hoof, rubber boots. Blood, earth, eucalyptus, and wild red berries on the palate.From a 375. No... Read More

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  • Hey DV - didn't mean to sound like an argument with you - I know you're too much of a realist to buy into some hooey.But look at what even Jamie says - Many of the big brands that have become such a feature of modern wine retail are made in factory-like wineries in huge quantities—and almost to a recipe, in terms of their flavour profile.But exa... Read More

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  • I just read an interesting article about some wine makers in BC trying wine made strictly from grapes with nothing added, in clay amphoras.  Is this nothing new in California?http://www.winealign.com/blog/2014/10/22/the-british-columbia-wine-report-october/?utm_source=Vintages+Newsletters&utm_campaign=5d8b674693-BC_Wine_Oct&utm_medium=email&utm_... Read More

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  • We're talking about a <$20 CS, and we're concerned about bottle shock and air?I know I'm the iconoclast here.  You can almost convince me that these concepts might have meaning for examples of library or, for lack of a better word, "great" wines, but I have some difficulty that a CS that retails for less than $20 has many detectable subtleties t... Read More

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  • Trader Joe's is my local and I've tried to drink just about everything i could find from there. I have to say - i am pretty damn impressed by their local selection (although I do only use the San Francisco stores so can't speak for the rest of the nation). The stuff like two-buck chuck ruins the rep, but i've bought many a bottle from there unde... Read More

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  • Penfolds is one of the great Australian producers. Used to be you could get their wines for reasonable prices. The Grange was expensive, around $200 - 250, but the equally as good and often better St. Henri was around $50, Bin 707 was around the same price, and Bin 389 was around $20 or so. Those were all Shiraz, Cab, or blends of the two. For t... Read More

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  • Al, I love how you brought this wine up for two reasons:1) I found the same one in Trader Joe's for a bargain $3.99 (yes, wow!). Bought about 12 bottles because it really isnt that bad at all for the price. I use it for cooking bolagnaise sauce, crack open the bottle to use in the cooking and also have a couple of glasses too. 2) I had three 199... Read More

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  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

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  • You are right about supporting the Napa wineries.  We had a chardonnay from Napa last night - one with a Trader Joe's label.  It was quite decent for the price ($9.95).  This is one we tasted in the store. Read More

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  • Third H. Bowl visit of the summerLos Angeles Phiharmonic OrchestraJoshua Weilerstein, ConductorAlison Balsom, TrumpetMilos Karadaglic, GuitarThe program featured 20th Century music but, this being the Hollywood Bowl after all, was completely audience-friendly.  None of that atonal stuff here.Kodaly, Dances of Galanta Falla, Siete Canciones Popul... Read More

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