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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Here's the funny thing:  For just a minute, Napa Ridge Cab was made from grapes from Napa Valley.  So that added to the confusion.  Franzia sometimes bought up labels that had some history or a reputation.  (His company is called Bronco, because the Franzia name was bought by Coca Cola and sold to The Wine Group.  So there's lots of history and ... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • (Okay, it's like throwing the basketball off the backboard to pad your rebounding stats, Responding to my own post?  Not really, just breaking it into more manageable pieces.)More on the cookbook:First, there are these recipes for stuff we are now more familiar with, but the ingredients weren't readily available.  Check out "Risotto Italiene."  ... Read More

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  • I mentioned this a while ago, but didn't get around to the post.  We stayed from September to end of December at a condominium in a complex built in the '70s. They've renovated and rebuilt since then (there were several major lawsuits for construction defects--built on fill!), but the architecture and the vibe is still very of that period. Our u... Read More

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  • Reading Judt's "Postwar" right now and it makes me want to read a really good biography of Tito and a history of Yugoslavia. Macedonia is interesting because there's the Greek and the Yugoslav histories.  Tito got in trouble with Stalin for wanting to expand into Greek Macedonia--among other things.  I am friends with a Macedonian family whose l... Read More

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  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand from TJ's.  And, if they can sell wine in your state, there are a few that they will have that are available nationwide.  Here's a few recommendations:  That Vielle Ferme that OT recommended is available at Trader Joe's as Ferme Julien.  Same wine.  The rose and the Cotes du Rh... Read More

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  • Red - one of the problems with recs for places like World Market and Total Wine is that you have to get the recommendations from someone in your area. The stores will have similar wines in most places, but there may be local differences, based on what's available from the local distributors. My suggestion is to look at Costco if there's one near... Read More

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  • I've had this in my possession for awhile now and don't know a whole lot about wine; is there anything special about this wine?  Read More

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  • Okay guys I`m back. Sorry for not getting back sooner but we still have our guest here and I have to be a good hostess and we didnt get to bed till after 1:00 am last night. My son went to work and my husband as well as our guest retired to have a little nap. ( Old people ;P ) This means I have a few minutes to steal away and give you the scoop.... Read More

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  • EMARK , I did a little browsing of the other conversations but not all because frankly I felt the knowledge and breath of experience was a bit over my head so instead I moved on to the articles and tests and reviews. I thought I would stay over here in the kiddy pool so I don`t make an ass of myself in front of others. But I will go and read tha... Read More

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