Some of our most romantic moments have been spent in Trader Joe's. As former So'Californians, we practically grew up there, whiling away hours in the olive oil and sauces aisles. So imagine our glee to hear that the cheap booze TJ's has become known for, namely the $1.99 Charles Shaw Chardonnay, was voted Best Chardonnay from California at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition with 98 points.
As reported in the Napa Valley Register on June 29 of this year, the tastings are blind, so none of the judges had a clue they were extolling the virtues of two-dollar wine.
From the Register: "Dr. Richard Peterson, veteran winemaker and a State Fair judge for 20 years, said, "We have the most open judging I know. There is nothing to bias judging. We get numbered glasses. We don't know the region, brand or price. We evaluate the judges frequently to make sure they're tops in the field. Charles Shaw won because it is a fresh, fruity, well-balanced chardonnay that people and wine judges — though maybe not wine critics — will like." "
Notably, two-buck chuck is actually three bucks in New York where real estate prices continue to inflate at record speed. Rumor has it Trader Joe's is adding to their NYC area stores with a location in Beorum Hill, Brooklyn...a short four blocks from the Tomato Estate. Now we can never leave the 'hood.