I thought I'd start this new series with an educational post about one of the most affordable, yet delightful brands of wine. This topic is great for my friends and family back in Nebraska, as they'll soon be able to marvel at the glory that is Trader Joe's.
I proudly introduce to you: Charles Shaw. Charles Shaw is sold in Trader Joe's across the country (except, for instance, Maryland because of their stupid laws). Do you recognize it? Maybe not by its official name, but what about when I say "Two Buck Chuck" - anything now?
Yes, winos, Charles Shaw is the famous Two Buck Chuck. It got its nickname back in the day (i.e. before the economy went downhill) when you could buy it for the mere price of $1.99. Um, that's cheap.
Cheap, indeed. And even at its price today - $3.19 - it's still a very affordable brand. But price isn't the exciting part here...it's what you get for the price that makes it a steal.
Seriously good wine. There's really no other way to put it. In fact, the Charles Shaw 2002 Shiraz won the double gold medal at the 28th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition. Oh, and it beat 2,300 other wines to do so!
Still not convinced? At the 2007 California Exposition and State Fair, the 2005 Chardonnay won Best Chardonnay from California. Sounds like a real winner, folks!
You'll get full reviews on specific Charles Shaw wines in the near future. My husband and I just stopped at Trader Joe's this past weekend to stock up. We walked away with four wine bottles that day and spent around $13. Life is good, isn't it?!