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davidbmac
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posted 12-18-2004 03:44 PM           Edit/Delete Message
You can find out about Two-buck chuck and Trader Joe's at http://www.traderjoes.com/new/chuckshaw.asp

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whidbey
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posted 12-10-2004 10:02 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Please stay away from or purchase at your own risk the Charles Shaw Gamay Beaujolais Nouveux - it is awful. Very pungent, tangy like cranberries (without the sugar).

I love Charles Shaw wines. They are great for daily glass or two at home. The Shiraz, Cabernet Sav and Chardonnay are good wines and excellent values.

Just beware the Beaujolais. If you dare, just buy one bottle - for $2.99 it's worth the experiment. Most of my bottle went down the kitchen sink.

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DestinationSakas
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posted 11-09-2004 09:37 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Two Buck Chuck is ok, but i agree that quality varies greatly between bottles. If you want a great bottle of wine for a low price, try Columbia Crest Grand Estates 2000 Merlot. It usually sells in supermarkets here in SoCal for $12 a bottle, but they have it at Trader Joe's for $6.99. This is the best wine under $10 that i have tried yet.

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Trader_Joe
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posted 10-12-2004 12:11 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I am a regular trader joe's wine shopper. I'm over the two buck chuck thing but am a believer in cheap wine. Trader Joe's has good deals on wine. I realy liked the Raymond Estates Cab they sell for $12.99 as well as Liparita's wines, especially thier Merlot. Great value for under $15.00

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acoats
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posted 10-08-2004 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for acoats   Click Here to Email acoats     Edit/Delete Message
**to sewolfe** I just got back from Cleveland and bought a few bottles at trader joe's in the eton square shopping center in the Beachwood area.

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Napa Old World Inn
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posted 09-29-2004 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Napa Old World Inn     Edit/Delete Message
Wow, lots of opinions on this topic.

Some info:

Charles Shaw (aka "2 Buck Chuck") is only available at Trader Joes stores. It is produced by Bronco Wines, which is owned by the Franzia family (yes, the same Franzia that sells box wines).

To those who say this is "bad, cheap wine", I'd have to disagree. And also agree. It depends on the bottle you get.

The reason we have this wine right now is that there is a glut of unsold wine on the market-- some from very well known producers.

When you own a winery, you make a certain amount of wine each year. In good years, it all sells. In bad years, it doesn't, and you have lots and lots of leftover stock just sitting there-- bringing you no revenue.

Let's say you need revenue. You need to get some cash for this bottled (or barreled) wine so you can afford to pay your staff, or put in new vineyards, or let's say you just need the space for the new vintage coming in.

It's all about cashflow.

Bronco buys the wine used in "2 Buck Chuck" (2BC) from a variety of wineries who need to get rid of their wines for cashflow reasons-- and therein lies the problem:

You can get a great bottle of 2BC, and a lousy bottle of 2BC-- it all depends on who Bronco bought the wine from.

I can say that I've had pretty horrible Merlot and Cab 2BCs, and I've also had some incredible 2BC Cab and Merlot--easily comparable to wine that's $10-15 a bottle.

Once the wine market picks back up, the better wineries will go back to selling most of their stock. At that point they're not going to *need* to sell it cheap to Bronco-- which means the quality of 2BC is going to go down, once the overall market picks up.

In other words, as soon as the market improves and more folks buy wines for $14 a bottle, the producers will no longer sell off their $14/bottle wine to Trader Joe's $2 a bottle. You'll be getting the same wine, but it'll cost a lot more with the "designer label".

Ironic, eh?

In the meantime, if you find a really tasty batch of 2BC, don't be afraid to stock up. Just realize that the next shipment that comes in probably won't taste the same.

Russ Herschelmann
Innkeeper
Napa Old World Inn

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sewolfe
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posted 09-10-2004 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sewolfe     Edit/Delete Message
where can i find charles shaw wine around cleveland, oh?? someone mentioned trader joes, but they don't have a store here yet.

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jeanniepep
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posted 08-28-2004 05:47 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I understand it is sold exclusively at Trader Joe's. There are 5 in NJ, but so far unfortunately none in NC :-(

You can hunt down locations from the TJ's website, www.traderjoes.com

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amybethp
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posted 08-06-2004 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amybethp     Edit/Delete Message
Does anyone know where to buy two buck chuck in New Jersey? Preferably the shore area.

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uback007
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posted 07-31-2004 09:57 PM           Edit/Delete Message
The Shiraz and Merlot are great !!!
What's fun is to have a wine party and blind taste various wines, including the Charles Shaw. People get fooled most every time...
Yes, its good...and can stand up to wine costing 3-4 times as much....

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malassiter
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posted 06-29-2004 01:58 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I live in North Carolina and really would like to give it a try...Does anyone know where I can buy it around here?

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beachinpk
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posted 06-25-2004 01:59 PM           Edit/Delete Message
My folks own a vineyard in Sonoma County CA. We drink wine every day. Charles Shaw wines makes a great house wine for daily consumption. I agree with those that recommend if you can afford better, do not tote it to dinner parties and special occasions. On the other hand, if it meets your budget and palat, have it for all occasions. Most importantly - drink California wine. Drink plenty and drink often.

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suesuttle
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posted 06-19-2004 08:17 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Two buck chucK is for cheapskates. It has been sold for several years in California and is now something of a joke. Drink it at home but don't try to get away with taking it to a party. In some circles we now have a saying "If you bring it, drink it."

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chershug
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posted 06-08-2004 07:40 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Love Charles Shaw Cabernet! I drive to Mass. to get 20 cases at a time. Everyone that I have given a bottle to has really enjoyed it(and they never knew that it was only $2.99 a bottle). Does anyone know how much longer will this wine be available?

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Trasksdad
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posted 06-01-2004 07:55 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Been drinking 2-buck Chuck for several months now. In my opinion it is all good apart from the Cab (but who can grumble at the price). My favorite is the Merlot closely followed by the Sauvignon Blanc, However, this latter variety is now getting difficult to find, The Chard and Shiraz are a little bit further down the line but still very good. Just stocked up my wine rack with a case each of Merlot, Shiraz and Chard so it definitely has my vote.

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Deedster
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posted 04-30-2004 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Deedster   Click Here to Email Deedster     Edit/Delete Message
Charles Shaw Merlot is very, very good.
The Chardonnay very good, but I was not impressed with the Cab.

We have "2 Buck Chuck" wine parties and we all have a great time!

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beverly wolfe
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posted 04-29-2004 06:02 AM           Edit/Delete Message
The Merlot is absolutely the best!!! Cabernet seems a little diluted.

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Another Boston Wine Lover
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posted 04-26-2004 05:28 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I happened upon Chas Shaw at Trader Joe's here in Cambridge, MA and bought it - who could resist at $2.99 a bottle? I have tried the Chardonnay and find it extremely drinkable. Not oaky and buttery but quite crisp and light, a good alternative to the most more expensive, California chards available today. I actually came here (to this site) trying to learn more about it. I can say I am VERY impressed by the Chard and will return to Trader Joe's to steal some more at that incredible price. Also bought the Sauvignon Blanc but haven't opened it yet. Can't wait to try that too.

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CabernetSauvignon
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posted 04-22-2004 04:22 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I think that is before the actual Charles Shaw sold this operation/name etc... I doubt a gamay beaujolais will age well. keep it as a collectors item.

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d007stein
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posted 04-22-2004 01:53 PM           Edit/Delete Message
have a bottle of charles shaw gamay beaujolais estate bottled vintage 1987
anyone have any knowledge of this bottle?

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Packerfan
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posted 04-14-2004 11:06 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Where can I find 2 buck Chuck in Florida?? Someone said they found it in the Miami area?? I don't want to pay the $5.49 a bottle online price and then $30 to ship it!! Thanks in advance for your kind help!! Keep drinking wine!!!

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napaJOE
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posted 03-24-2004 10:16 AM           Edit/Delete Message
TraderJoe's has more to offer than 2 buck chuck in the wine department. try the low end cabernet from Raymond Estate Vineyards for $12.99 or the Laurmier Pinot Noir at $7.99, also the Camelot Vinyards pinot noir (A Kendall Jackson 2nd label). Vanduzer pinot @ $19.99 is good too.

In general the private label TradeJoe's wines in the $3.99-$10 range have been good too. They had a nice Cabernet called 707 something from that was worth buying at a $13.99 price point.

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Ray Hom
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posted 04-25-2003 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ray Hom   Click Here to Email Ray Hom     Edit/Delete Message
I read about the wine in Time Magazine and went out to buy some and took it over to a friend's house last year at Christmas time. We like the Cabe. It is a very approachabe wine with underling fruit and enough acid and soft tannins. You have to remember it is a $2 wine in Los Angeles. I found enough structure and complexity in it to like it. I would figure this cabe blend would sell in the $12 to $17 range. It has enough sweetness to make it a blend rather then a 100 per cent cabe wine. It feels like a cabe, merlot and melbeck blend. I didn't like the Merlot since it isn't made in a style I like. I have found some 2000 Bordaux made with 100 per cent merlot grape to be much better. I prefer a lot of forward fruit with slight acid and soft tannins with a clay under tone from the "terror". I did not try the Chardoney. It is a great wine for a cheap party wine. My friend, who is a restaurant manager, thinks it is a Mondavi surplus. If you can find some, try it for yourself. There is a lot of wine out there. 2000 Bordaux from third and forth producers are great and not all that expensive.

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ofiesty4u
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posted 04-24-2003 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ofiesty4u     Edit/Delete Message
I just bought a case of this wine in New Jersey, it's $2.99 a bottle here on the east coast, I can't wait to go home and try it!

I bought the Merlot, I hope it's at least decent...

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DeWitt Russell
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posted 04-20-2003 08:21 AM           Edit/Delete Message
I love Trader Joe's Charles Shaw wine. I would compare it with considerably more expensive wine. Here in California it is referred to as Two Buck Chuck. I think it tastes great, especially considering the price.

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gogiberry
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posted 04-19-2003 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gogiberry   Click Here to Email gogiberry     Edit/Delete Message
Charles Shaw wine is an exclusive at Trader Joe's in California where it is referred to as "2-buck chuck." (It retails for $1.99) I have sampled the Cabernet Sauvigon and it really isn't a bad wine for the price, but it does lack complexity and tastes somewhat diluted to me.

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Boston Wine Drinker
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posted 04-07-2003 03:19 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Is anyone familiar with this wine? I am wondering if it is any good. THANKS

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