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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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've followed a few threads here over the years about the pros and cons of Garagiste as a place to buy wine, so I thought this was a good place to share this story:Last summer I bought a bunch of EVOO from them. It came during a huge heat wave. I'd had oil from the producer before, and this shipment wasn't as good as I'd come to expect. It wasn'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garagiste Service (Or: EVOO,...


  • Probably ought to just PM GdP on this, but I'll take any suggestions...We're having company over on Sunday.  They really like wine--his first gift to her after their marriage was apparently a case of Chateau d'Yquem.  (I have to get clarification on this story.)  Our daughters know each other from the community and the husband saw me updating Ce... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Which Barolo?


  • I drank a Chateau Puligny et Montrachet Monthelie last night, decent PN and a Burgundy no less for under $20 at WineMine.  But I was fighting a cold and it took a bad turn so I'm abstaining tonight.  However, I felt well enough this morning to drive up to Napa and pick up my wine at Patz and Hall and taste their Alder Springs PN from magnum.  I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...


  • We're having Matambre, tonight, but there is not an Argeninian wine in the place.  So, lets go with a California Cabernet Sauvignon from a maker with a Germanic-sounding name.  A fair amount of Germans have immigrated to Argentina, haven't they? An interesting wine.  I'll say that this one is begging for a hearty meal to go with it.  It will sti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...


  • Dave, have you followed the conversation about 1993 CdP?  The latest entry is from one of my favorite Forum correspondents, GregT.  GregT is very knowledgeable and very opinionated.  Thankfully, he also is able to support his opinions.  So, they do carry some weight with me.  Go over to that conversation and read his comments on drinking windows... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Accidental Wine Entusiast


  • Hi, I am an accidental wine enthusiast. As part of a major remodeling project including our family room I revived my interest and enjoyment of wine. Our family room was redone using dark hickory planking and the room has a short wall next to our fireplace. This wall has always presented a challenge to make use of the space. I researched and sear... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Accidental Wine Entusiast


  • Emark, they do have a Costco membership and I do too.Costco in BC doesn't carry alcohol, (regulated by the government).  When I'm down there, I seldom check out Costco, but I know they certainly are cheaper than most.  I used to grab the Trader Joe's amarone, but they don't carry it anymore.  Now they have Pasqua...and I don't like it as well.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Found a great Cabernet called Quantum.   Very smooth but deep and strong.  Perfect balance. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Wednesday before T-Day is Duck Taco night!  (Yes, twice in one season.) OT has the standing invite, so do our other Snooth pals (and pals of pals, Lingprof!) But that precludes drinking the wine that night.  In fact, I bought a 3L bottle of Toscano Rosso at Trader Joe's the other day just so we could pour it at DTN.  No idea if it is any good, b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2013 for wine....


  • That Esprit is now going to be called Esprit de Tablas, but same wine.  Not sure what motivated the change.We had a bottle of Il Molino di Grace tonight, a really nice '09 Chianti Classico.  Got 89 from WS, which means that the demand is lower, so the price hasn't shot up.  At $15, a steal.  Wouldn't kill in a tasting because it needs time and f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...


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