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 »

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  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • I saw this Friday night at Trader Joe's and was reaching for a bottle when Sandra slapped my hand.  So close, yet so far.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • I'm sorry that I ignored this one for a few days, Symie, but I really don't remember the flavor profile of the California Sauterne.  I'm sure I had some, but, heck, that was 40 years ago.  If it was dry and tart you may have some luck with Sauvignon Blanc.  That is widely available at a lot of price points.  If there is a Trader Joe's near you, ... Read More

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  • GregT it's my experience that wines sold in the 10,15, 20 dollar price range are for drinking now or in the very near future. When you start getting into the 50 dollar and up price range you are more apt to find cellar worthy bottles that should appreciate with age in terms of quality. Cellaring a lesser cost bottle of wine is a waste of money a... Read More

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  • USA Values?  I strongly believe that the optimal "Cellaring Worthy" USA Wines for the value lye in Sonoma County Pinot Noirs.. 2012 Gobble them up... Pisoni, Rosella's, Gary's. Keefer Ranch, Cargassaci.. possible @ 45-90 USD$$Vineyard Specific; Vintage Specific (SLH and SRH and Sonoma Coast or Russian River)  Pinot's are Value and Worthy in my o... Read More

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  • So my friends and I were talking. I have the WORST luck finding wines I love at any (normal) price point.  Most of the time I drink wines that are just-OK, and it seems like most of my friends have the same experience.I was wondering if everyone else had the same problem we do so I’m taking a poll:What percentage of those are wines you absolutel... Read More

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  • Very cool, OT. I have to say, though, that 3L of PN would last me an awful long time.RBA, my rule has no connection to geographic origin.  Neither, for that matter does it have anything to do with the grape variety.  To wit:    -- No bottle of wine should be opened before you get it home. --I stopped at Trader Joe's today to stock up on some gro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Let me add my welcome, Sarah Kate.  Muscadine is something that is pretty hard to find outside of the Southern Atlantic States.  I had my one and only experience with it about a year ago during a visit to North Carolina.  Regarding your husbands not liking alcohol, if it is not a health issue, then maybe he can be converted.  I know that my enjo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)

  • I used to think I just didn't like wine, but after finding one made from my FAVORITE grape on earth, the scuppernong/muscadine that happened to be made near where I lived, I fell into a snuggly affair with that one, the Duplin Hatteras Red and decided to try a few more.  So far, the only other wine I've tried and liked enough to purchase again i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)

  • My family moved to California when I was 3 1/2.  The wine industry was nascent, or the fine wine business was.  We drank small glasses of beer with tacos, burgers and pizza on weekends, even as kids.  My mother cannot remember a time when I did not like beer.  On Sundays, we had wine with our dinner (eaten in the traditional afternoon slot, foll... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How did your wine interest...

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