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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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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  • In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but that doesn't mean everything is easily available--more on that below. BevMo is headquartered here, and its ancestry can be traced back to the beginnings of a wine program at CostPlus and to Safeway's launch of Liquor Barn.  Short version is that Steve Boone more or less... Read More

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  • I buy wine where I find it.I am familiar with both BevMo and Total Wine & More.  Personally, I buy a lot of wine at Total Wine.  They have pretty good prices and purchase of 6 or more 750ml bottles (and these can be mixed) gives a 10% discount.  Occasionally, I get a coupon that yields additional discounts.  I like their variety and the fact, li... Read More

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  • 2013 brought new mega wine/beer/cigar stores to the Portland, Or./Vancouver Wa. area. We went from going from little wine shops with limited selections to 2 stores with over 2500 different wines each.This is nice because you can plan ahead, check your wine rack or cellar and go on line to pick your selections. Once you've determined what you wan... Read More

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  • Well, OT, I dug out the Brownie and wiped off the counter for a pic.I'm on a campaign to thin out the cellar, and this one popped up to the top.  From the picture you might notice a few things right off.  Long time Forum readers who have good memories might remember a little wine cellar fiasco I had about a year ago.  This is one more of the lab... Read More

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  • Get yourself invited to drink GdP's wines!  Of course, his taste may not be yours, but...I'll defer to our NYC contingent--GregT, EricGuido, MReff and of course GdP himself--but NY is a little more Euro-centric to be sure.  Astor Place Wines is huge, off the hook, prices are often very good, but not super convenient to Columbia, I have to say.  ... Read More

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  • Hello oenophiles!I am a young wine novice looking to bank on the experience of the veteran wine lovers out there.A little about myself, I'm a recent transplant to New York City from Southern California to attend Columbia University as a graduate acting student.  My new wife and I are braving the big city (not too bad coming from Orange County) a... Read More

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  • I owned several cases of Monk Ekkehard, purchased in the mid 80s from - wait for it - Trader Joe's.  If memory serves, it went for a whopping $1.49/bottle.  As I recall, it was a French Gov't purchase/dump of 30,000 gallons or so that TJ won, so I have surmised from my own inability to find any reference ot the wine ever again that the label nam... Read More

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  • Last Night.  Sorry for the poor photography.  My bad. Nephew (Eric) and new niece-in-law (Erica) came over before leaving for the big NYC adventure this weekend.  A few weeks ago my brother took his family on a little 4-day cruise.  In Ensenada Eric and Erica took the winery tour and came back with this Nebbiolo and Chardonnay from L.A. Cetto.  ... Read More

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  • EricGuido introduced me to the pleasures of Vino Nobile at dinner last fall.  He brought a really nice bottle from 2001.  Like a lot of Brunello, it still was too young!  By the end of dinner, it had unwound a bit and was showing its adult character, but a few more years in bottle were in order.  I hope to revisit that and others soon.  EG's com... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vino Nobile indeed

  • After 1 week travel in gorgeous Tuscany, more precisely in Montepulciano, I can not share with other Italian wine lovers the wonders of the "Vino Nobile di Montepulciano".Made from the sangiovese grape (locally known as Prugnolo gentile), these wines can have a bit of other grape varieties (the most recent producers add Cab Sauvignon or Merlot, ... Read More

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