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.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Day 148 - Chariot Gypsy California Red Wine (2013)
Ahhh, another cheap red wine from Trader Joe’s! This one is a mix of reds from Chariot Wines
(who list their website on the label as www.chariotwines.com,
but that site has NOTHING on it but their logo and a big “SOLD EXCLUSIVELY BY
TRADER JOE’S” message, which, if you click it, takes you to Trader Joe’s main
site). Yeah, so that site doesn’t really
give us any more information on this wine…
Exclusive to Trader Joe's and only $4.99 - cheap, cheap, cheap
We opened this bottle last night and had it with steak, Jasmine rice
(review coming soon), corn on the cob, and kale sprouts (which got a coveted 5
star review on day 36 of this blog!).
This Chariot Gypsy was a nice fit with the meal. It has a bit of a dark berry taste (cherry is
what I get). I WOULD think that is a
particularly STRONG wine because I didn’t drink all that much before I started
snoring on the sofa instead of watching “Survivor” as I had planned… But I think that was more about my exhaustion
than the alcohol content in this cheap wine.
The Spirit of Wine Review Blog gave it 3 stars (though that was an
earlier vintage, 2011). Other wine sites
also seem to think it is fine for a cheap bottle of wine. My partner David uses these adjectives to
describe it, “Hearty. Earthy. A little candy-ish. (He takes another sip.) Nothing particular that sticks out.”
A bit of California (drunk in Florida)
All in all, this is a RED TABLE WINE.It is fine to have with dinner.I
like gypsies, which is what drew me to it in the first place (you should hear
about the gypsy circus we went to once on my birthday!It was fabulous!).