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Ok it's not really a secret I do like a good bottle of wine form time to time. everyone I know keeps telling me I need to try this stuff from trader joes, For years now I have been avoiding it thinking theres no way I will like this cheap shit. I went to a trader joes and picked up a bottle, and ya know what?











I was right, it tastes like ass.




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Actually it's $2.99 a bottle...and Charles Shaw makes a pretty good Shiraz and even better Merlot. I would stay away from Chardonnay and Cabernets. But the wine is definetely better if you transfer from the bottle to a decanter...let it breath for at least 30 minutes.

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Yeah Tony, that stuff is pretty nasty. I've tried it. Bleh!

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Oh man, my brother in law likes that stuff. I'm with you. It sucks and I won't touch it. I think they load it up with accelerates (sulpher compounds) to quicken the aging process.

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Actually, more bottles of 2 buck chuck fly off the shelves than any other in this country. While I too think it tastes like ass, Trader Joes has some great wines at great prices. They usually have some awesome Italian and Spanish reserves, mostly for less than $10/bottle!

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I'll repeat myself....you have to let that wine BREATH....it is not meant to pop the cork and guzzle. It's what I call a "meal" wine....you don't grab a bottle of Chuck and drink a glass while watching a movie with your SO. Try the Merlot with a good Porterhouse Steak with all the trimmings, or the Shiraz with a steaming bowl of chili or goulash

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I'll repeat myself....you have to let that wine BREATH....
A little age doesn't hurt either. Young wines can be very tight, regardless if you decant them or not. I generally won't touch anything that is younger than an 04, and if I do, it is just to test it out. Depending on the region, 99-03 are drinking nicely
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2000 FTW...
Rutherford Hills Silver Anniversary Merlot. A 2002 can be found at Costco for $17. Not a bad price for a nice wine.

2002 Alex Sotelo merlot kicks some major ass too, but good luck finding that anywhere.

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fyi, originally released in california at $2 it got the name 2 buck chuck and it stuck. werd.

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I'll repeat myself....you have to let that wine BREATH....it is not meant to pop the cork and guzzle. It's what I call a "meal" wine....you don't grab a bottle of Chuck and drink a glass while watching a movie with your SO. Try the Merlot with a good Porterhouse Steak with all the trimmings, or the Shiraz with a steaming bowl of chili or goulash

Me too. Chuck sucks. Even if you leave it open for a week.

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2000 FTW...
Rutherford Hills Silver Anniversary Merlot. A 2002 can be found at Costco for $17. Not a bad price for a nice wine.

2002 Alex Sotelo merlot kicks some major ass too, but good luck finding that anywhere.
I am not a huge Merlot fan, but I will keep your Rutherford Hills recommendation in mind next time out. AlexSotelocellars.com says that the 2002 Merlot is available to order. Hmmmm...

I picked up an end of bin bargain: 2 2003 Prevail West Face and 2 2003 Prevail Back Forty for $60 and $40 per bottle. I cannot wait for the occasion to crack them open
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I'll repeat myself....you have to let that wine BREATH....it is not meant to pop the cork and guzzle. It's what I call a "meal" wine....you don't grab a bottle of Chuck and drink a glass while watching a movie with your SO. Try the Merlot with a good Porterhouse Steak with all the trimmings, or the Shiraz with a steaming bowl of chili or goulash

+1 It's not terrible with food. Put it in a decanter (?) so it can breath and most people won't know it's cheap when served with a meal.

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I am not a huge Merlot fan, but I will keep your Rutherford Hills recommendation in mind next time out. AlexSotelocellars.com says that the 2002 Merlot is available to order. Hmmmm...

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I met Alex in 05 out in San Jose at 'Best of the Bay' party. The 02 Merlot won the Best Wine category. After I flew home I ordered a case... only have 1 left now. I don't know if it will make a merlot fan out of someone who isn't. That and Shiraz tend to be a "You either love it or hate it" at times...

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Just went reading up on the Prevails. Sounds good. Where by chance did you find them at that price?

I had read a little about them in an issue of Food and Wine, and was interested. I saw them at Binnys in Glen Ellyn while browsing. They were on clearance for whatever reason, so I snapped up the rest they had. I have read more after I bought, and now I am really excited. I am weary of getting wine shipped this time of year, so I have not looked online for a while, so I was surprised to see some available locally, and on sale?? Bonus!
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Actually, some pretty good pours can be found in a box. Just depends on the occasion.
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i havent tasted a wine i like, infact almost every wine i have tried made me sick. "really it turns my stomach"

same thing with champagne, BUT and i can see it coming.


the only crap that doesnt turn my stomach is Dom Perignon which is a great buy at costco or sams for 100.00 a bottle.



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the only crap that doesnt turn my stomach is Dom Perignon which is a great buy at costco or sams for 100.00 a bottle.
Hmmmm, after hearing that, you are not nearly as bad a guy as I thought!
actually, the 98 Dom which is highly rated (Rp 95 i think) is selling for 124 at Costco, and 104 at Sams. Def a better buy at Sams.

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Actually it's $2.99 a bottle...and Charles Shaw makes a pretty good Shiraz and even better Merlot. I would stay away from Chardonnay and Cabernets. But the wine is definetely better if you transfer from the bottle to a decanter...let it breath for at least 30 minutes.
I would love to learn more about that kind of stuff.

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I would love to learn more about that kind of stuff.

Teach me some next time you have a party at your place Rick?!?
No problem...actually good idea Eric..... I'll have 10 bottles of wine available...all blind tasting....from $2 a bottle to $30 a bottle. I haven't done a wine tasting get together in years.

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No problem...actually good idea Eric..... I'll have 10 bottles of wine available...all blind tasting....from $2 a bottle to $30 a bottle. I haven't done a wine tasting get together in years.
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Hmmmm, after hearing that, you are not nearly as bad a guy as I thought!
actually, the 98 Dom which is highly rated (Rp 95 i think) is selling for 124 at Costco, and 104 at Sams. Def a better buy at Sams.

I am trying to get an 85 Dom for a special occasion coming up.
no, i am actually worse then you know

back to suds. ive had a bottle of 30 year old the only thing i notice for the normal 9-10 year old is more bitterness and a more intense flavor.

all of which i can appreciate but at that price i rather go "Crystal" and look like a baller.




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all of which i can appreciate but at that price i rather go "Crystal" and look like a baller.
how the heck do you appreciate a wine?




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Its real fun. We should totally do a wine dinner, and tasting. If you can pick the wine you brought, you get a prize yadda yadda. Do the tasting notes and everything ..it is real good fun
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