Trader Joe's

(415)346-9964 33 HARLOW CT
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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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Trader Joe's on Snooth

  • I'll tell you our secret for good risotto:  Buy the rice at the Milan airport.  For years we were complaining about the crap risotto at Trader Joe's, so I brought some back last May when I went to Italy.  Now my wife wants me to bug GdP to bring some back and she'll pick it up when she is in NY.  I think we can find a better answer.  Oh, and ano... Read More

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  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't think that Primitivo should be on the list, then I'm pretty sure that he feels that Tribidrag should not be listed, either.   Lagier Meredith has a Tribidrag varietal bottling from Mount Veeder grown grapes.Also, though, Lagier Meredith has a varietal bottling of Mondeuse from Moun... Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some stellar and others not so stellar wines. I even ventured outside Sonoma just for you Al.Started with bubbles.Bubbles done right. This was a very enjoyable starter. New ultra-hip label. Left me kind of torn. The Gimonnet was in a different league. This reminded me of the Und... Read More

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  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one of the most frustrating things is when you read about a great wine that you simply cannot find. With over 100,000 different wines made every year and at best only a few thousand of those making it on to your local stores' shelves, searching down a specific wine can be ... Read More

    From the article Five Dependable Whites You Can Find (Most) Anywhere


  • 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?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Do You Also Have Problems...


  • 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?


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