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.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Barrel Ax Red (California)
Our bottle of Barrel Ax was a 2013 vintage (was that a good year for
wine?). This bottle was recommended by
a super friendly and informative TJ’s employee at the Clarendon, VA store. We asked if Emma Pearl wine (Emma Pearl Pinot Noir Review here) might be coming back (sadly, he thinks
it is not, as it was a limited supply, sigh).
But since he knew we like Emma Pearl, he suggested we try this Barrel Ax
(it is in the “super cheap wine” category, as was dear ol’ Emma). It is only $3.99 a bottle, so we grabbed
one. I mean, how horrible can it be, it
is not a huge investment, right?
Simple, cool label
REALLY LIKE BARREL AX!!
It is a pretty good substitute for Emma Pearl (which we
hoarded a case of, but the case is almost gone). Barrel Ax has a nice, balanced taste. It is not too strong. We drank it with a beef dinner (and had a
second glass with brownies!). It is a
California wine, and the label says it has flavors of raspberry and strawberry
and is aged in oak up to 5 months. It
also says that this is the perfect wine to enjoy with BBQ or PIZZA! This is perfect, because David just scored us
FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR from a new local pizza place!!!! I know, right??? (Story about the big pizza win here: Pizza Kindness )
Whaaaat?? Free pizza for a YEAR?
Barrel Ax is a good table wine. It is simple, seems like it would pair well
with about anything.
David says, “I like it.
it is very deep and earthy and red table wine-y. But not table wine-y in the sense that it
tastes cheap and nasty, but rather that it is RICH and full bodied. It goes well with a hearty meal, a beef or
something. It has a lot of tannin going
David being tough with a bottle of wine
enough, I think this wine tastes neither rich nor full bodied, the descriptions
David gave it. I don’t think it would
over-power any meal. It holds its own
but it is not “rich” to me.
I think I might stock up on a case of this stuff! Heck, we can just put it in the case that the Emma Pearl was in.