(Closed) Wine: Trader Joe’s 2 Buck Chuck

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

In college I used to be fine with it.  But now I can’t drink it, (it tastes like grapejuice with rubbing alcohol to me).  I would go to your nearest wharehouse type store or wholesale alcohol place and price what they have.  I’m sure you can find something better and not significantly more expensive. 

However, if you do serve Charles Shaw, may I recommend taking the labels off and replacing them with your own customized labels.

Post # 4
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I always heard great things as well. I went and got a bottle to try and was actually appalled by it. I threw away the rest of the bottle.

I think Oak Leaf (Walmart) at 2-3.97/bottle is better, but still not awesome. 

Some of the “jug” wines, like Carlo Rossi aren’t bad.

Does it have to equate to about $2-3 a bottle? We’re going to spend about 6-7/bottle and are getting excellent wines from around the world via our Local Total Wine. 

Wine is kind of hit or miss. Some ‘cheap’ wines are good. Others to a wine lover will be really nasty… 

Post # 5
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Meowkers: I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t think it’s good!

Post # 6
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

In my opinion, TJs has some much better options of wine in the $4-5 range.  Not GREAT wine, but extremely good for the price.  We did a bunch of taste testings from TJs to select the wine for our wedding.  I’d go into TJs, talk to some of their workers (in my area, at least, they are pretty helpful) for suggestions, buy several bottles and invite a few friends over for a taste testing.  I think the extra $2-3/bottle is totally worth it, and it’s still a ridiculously cheap price.

Post # 7
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Pull (the oposite of) a Jesus and do a few bottles of the nice wine first then bust out hte Charles Shaw!

Post # 8
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I actually really like the wine, I think you should definitely serve it.  I have only had the white wine, not sure but I think it was chardonnay.  And the white zin is really good!  I’ve never had the red.  My Uncle told me the story about why its so inexpensive, who knows how true it is.  The story goes that Chuck was getting divorced (no that’s not a bad omen to serve the wine at your wedding!  lol) and in the divorce his wife was to get the proceeds from the wine.  So he decided to make the wine at a price that would only cover the manufacturing of it, leaving no profit for her.  Sounds really silly to me, but some people do silly things!

Post # 9
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I tried it for the first time this past weekend. I’d heard it was pretty good, but I wasn’t a fan. If it was served at a wedding, I’d drink it, but I wouldn’t really enjoy it too much.

Post # 11
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@jaglynn17: Jesus served the best wine last…… and he wasn’t the host…. he just “saved the day”…. 

Post # 13
1254 posts
Bumble bee

Charles Shaw and Carlo Rossi jugs were my go-to’s in college. But with age also comes a more discerning palette so I can’t stand them anymore. I don’t know if you have Costco in your area but they have a pretty good selection of wine with some in the $5-$8 range.

I still use Charles Shaw and Carlo Rossi but only when I make sangria where I can use fruit juices to mask the alcohol flavor.

Post # 14
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Their Cab is actually pretty good and has won a few tasting awards. I absolutely can’t stand their Merlot (for years this was the only one I’d tried so I’d always be gagging whenever anyone mentioned $2 Chuck). I think their whites are sort of meh; I kind of enjoy their Pinot Grigio (although my husband HATES it), but the Sauvignon Blanc tastes pretty bland to me (like… watery. Boring. Not a lot of flavor at all). I hate Chardonnay pretty much always, so I’ve never tried theirs.

I say: have the servers hide the labels, and no one will ever know. 😉

@Meowkers: Which one tastes like rubbing alcohol?

Post # 15
34 posts

I think Spanish reds get often overlooked.  There is a lot of variety and many are affordable.  

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