Some time back, a post appeared in which someone inquired as to the $1.99 Charles Shaw offered at Trader Joe's. The inquisitor was interested, but apparently not bold enough to sample. On an impulse, I grabbed a bottle last weekend and thought I would do my civic duty by trying it out. Nothing I won't do for my fellow wine drinkers.
The low price tag did make me a bit suspicious, so I put it in the decanter for about 45 minutes, under the belief that a bit of air and settling about might take any bitterness away.
When the time came, I eagerly placed my lips to the glass and while I knew not to expect anything mind blowing, I thought at least it would not be something that I would.......violently spit out! Mind you, I am only a year past college graduation, so wine snob I am not. But, bouquets, legs, nose and oak aside, I know what tastes good and what does not. And this did not. Sorry, guys. I think the lesson here is that if it looks too good to be true (and I think a bottle of wine under two dollars tasting good, at least here in Southern California is a prime example) it probably is.
An a side note, Pic and Save is offering a few 98 cabs for around $3.99 that are very good and well worth the slight embarrassment of walking in and asking where the wine is kept.
Finally, this experience in no way makes me any less enthused about Trader Joe's and the killer wine they offer at a great prices.