Trader Joe's: A grocery store. A culture. A DESTINATION. I don't work for TJ's, I am simply a customer who loves the store, the products, & the experience.
This blog was a year-long project. In 2015 I reviewed 1 TJ's product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I visited lots of TJ's stores around the country, and when the year ended I couldn't stop. I still post often (though not daily) & I welcome your comments on the products & reviews.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Day 143 - Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red
Ok, how many times am I going to be swayed by a LABEL? I mean, how many bottles of wine can I pick
just because they are pretty??? Apparently, quite a few. Because this one, exactly like the Rene
Barbier White Wine reviewed on day 131, was chosen only because the label
looked beach-like and we were heading to the beach… And, just like the bottle of red, I planned
to serve this at our “Beach Bash Party”, but did not… People drank beer, white wine, and a red that
a guest so lovingly brought.
Cheap red wine with a pretty label
So now, 3 nights after the party, here I sit, alone, drinking this
I exaggerate…. I am not sitting
here chugging wine out of a bottle. I have
a tiny juice glass with some of this cheap wine in it. I mean, a person has to TASTE THE PRODUCTS to
write the reviews, right??
Mediterranean Red in action
This wine is “okay”.When we
opened it last night, neither David nor I liked it.Maybe it was because of what we were pairing
it with (which, if memory serves me correctly, was raw baby carrots, potato
chips and buffalo wing flavored chip dip…yeah, now that I write that, I see THAT
could have been the problem…But it was
2 am and we had just gotten in from a night at a theatre festival and were too
tired to COOK…)
So tonight, with a fresh palate and mind, I tried this one again and it
is not so bad. It is a blend of grapes,
no single note stands out. It is super
cheap - $4.99 – so the line on the label bragging that this is made of “Spain’s
finest grapes” must be taken with a grain of salt. How FINE can a grape be to end up in a bottle
of wine costing less than a fiver??
But I can see this wine pairing well with pasta or pizza. Just not buffalo wing flavored chip dip.