Sunday, March 14, 2010
[Cheap] Coastal Living
Some time has passed since I wrote a wine or cigar review. But the time has come, and in the spirit of the new economic realities, I thought I'd give you not only a special set of reviews, but also a preview.
Hampton, Virginia has had the pleasure of hosting a Trader Joe's for some time. Next to Fresh Market and Barnes and Noble, Trader Joe's is one of those things I miss about big cities (until I get into Saturday traffic, that is). And Joe's became famous for introducing Americans to Charles Shaw wines, a/k/a "Two-Buck Chuck". Various varietals of this brand, especially the Cabs, received mid-80 scores from wine experts while sporting a $1.99 and $2.99 price tag. Now, Va. Beach has one at Hilltop, and its right across the street from Fresh Market and Border's (almost as good as B&N) and Baker's Crust....
Alas, Two-Buck is now $3.29 Chuck, but I went ahead and purchased a case of twelve wines, including four versions of "Chuck".An entire case of Joe's wines rung up at just over $50. Most were $3.99 and the most expensive wine in the group was $7.99!
We'll be tasting and reporting over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. And chime in if you've tried these wines.