Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wine Stories

This is a silly, short story. Gloomy days like today have left me with little to no inspiration :)

I like wine. Even better, I like cheap wine. Trader Joe's is my go-to stop two or three times a month for a quick bottle run. While I am Chuck-lover, I try and pick up some other non-Trader Joe's-labeled brands so that I can have a few on hand in case we have guests, or if I need to bring a bottle to a party or something.

While in the store a few weeks ago, I thought, hey, wouldn't it would be neat if I sampled a few bottles and told everyone what they tasted like? I like trying new brands, so why not share my own thoughts on wine with my friends. I could try four different brands and report back. Hooray! A blog post in the making! Off to the register I went.


Here were my four bottles. None cost more than $6. I even thought to line them all up all pretty and take a picture. That was starting off on the right foot, right? That night, I was home alone and so promptly popped a TJ's frozen pizza in the oven and uncorked Bottle #1, the Italian one on the left. The label said it was made especially for spicy and hearty foods, so I decided it'd be the perfect one to have with my spicy Italian pizza.

And so I drank. Other than thinking "yum, this is good," I took no notes. I may or may not have had a glass too many that night, in fact. Fail.

So the next bottle came and I said "Ok! Now is the time to pay attention!" I tried the Malbec, and brought it with me to a party. Again, one too many glasses later, and I had only thought to myself that it was really, really good, and that's all I got. Fail #2.

The third bottle was a Girls Night addition, the Coastal on the right. TJ's wine, but a step up in class with that cursive writing. If you know me, you know Girls Nights mean lots of wine....

So that fourth bottle is one I have already tried and I know I liked it. But I decided to save it for now because I like that label and it makes for a good talking point at a party. I am so scientific in my rating system, can't you tell?


Ok! Time for this test run again. I promise to kind of try and track what each one tastes like this time. I opened the middle Rex-Goliath last night and enjoyed it... and then forgot to write down why. But I like the rooster on the label ...

Katherine likes wine and Trader Joe's has good wine. The End.

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7 comments:

Kristen said...

Both the Carmenere and the "blue" wine in the last set are go to wines in our house. They are both fantastic!

~ Kristen

Lisa said...

Trader Joe's wine is awesome - you just can't beat the price. We always have a case on hand as our "house" wine :)

Elizabeth said...

I love that you tasted some TJ wines! I personally think they have great wine for the price!!

MyStyleVita said...

Great post! I love 2 buck chuck and I recently discovered that whole foods has their own sort of cheap wine line all under $3! You should try it!

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sue h said...

Grocery stores in Maryland can't sell wine, so our local TJ doesn't stock 'em.

A friend introduced us to "cupcake" wine...a little out of our price range for everyday wine, but it was delish and good for a special occasion. I'm told it's about $10. But with a brand like cupcake, and a name like "Red Velvet," what's NOT to like?
http://www.cupcakevineyard.com

(And it wasn't a sweet wine, as DH feared. Nice, full flavor. Check it out.)

Sue H. in B'more

Katherine Malone said...

Kristen, Lisa and Elizabeth - I am so glad you agree!! :)

MyStyle - I had no idea about Whole Foods. I can't wait to check theirs out!

Katherine Malone said...

Sue - YAY I am so glad you stopped by :) I have tried that flavor of Cupcake wine and really should pick up a few other varieties to see how they compare, because I also really enjoyed it ;)