So, Texas finally got ourselves a few Trader Joe’s. Well, Houston and The Woodlands and Dallas and Fort Worth and Plano got them. San Antonio’s store is scheduled to open in a couple weeks, and poor old Austin has to wait until 2014! Such an injustice.
And, as your intrepid reporter, I made may way to the Houston location to pick up a few bottles of wine. For research purposes.
And I have good news and bad news, dear ones. Let’s start with the good news, shall we?
Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Chardonnay is about the best $3 wine you’ll find. Unless you’re in California, where it’s only $2. Either way, it’s a decent, cheap wine for a decent, cheap price – pale for a Chard, but tastes nice with a little butter and melon. Try it, I think you’ll like it!
And you’ll also find that TJ’s Merlot is a decent red for the money. Straight up fruit, nothing complex, easy to drink. Give it a whirl, too.
But…and you knew there was a but coming. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You would be wise to steer well clear of the Trader Joe Sauvignon Blanc, which smells delightful but is so acidic, it’s difficult to drink. If you want a good, cheap Sauv Blanc, stick with Target’s Wine Cube. Trust me here.
And, their Cabernet Sauvignon leaves a lot to be desired. It’s like drinking watery cough syrup, I’m sad to say. If you have an HEB nearby, try their Cul de Sac Cab – it’s a better option for $3.
Well, that’s the run-down of the four varieties I purchased. If you’ve tried the White Zin or Shiraz, leave a note for the rest of us Texans!