Trader Joe's Wine Store
I know I’ve said some pretty harsh things about Trader Joe’s in the past, and I still stand by everything I said about the “grocery” store. I did, however, decide to give the wine store a chance the other night.
I get offended by the main store’s determination to shrink-wrap everything and completely disconnect human beings from produce, but I can’t make that argument about the wine store; it’s just bottles of wine. They have only a couple hundred, and almost all of them are less than $6.
The store is totally cheesy, but if you’re used to the Hawaiian shirt thing maybe it won’t bother you. Cheesiness and all, though, I like what they’re doing with wine. They are making it fun, affordable, and they are encouraging people to drink it without feeling bad, and without getting all stupid and pretentious. There were old ladies in there loading up on dozens of bottles.
We bought this AOC bottle of Bordeaux for $5.99. It tasted okay. I wonder if wine from Bordeaux just isn’t supposed to cost less than $10, because you can do a lot better for your money than any of the low-end Bordeaux we’ve tasted. We both got weird hangovers, which isn’t normal. But I would probably try another few bottles from there. I’m open to recommendations.