With apologies to Prince: Party like it’s 1999!
“Two buck Chuck,” the party wine of the 90s is back.
Yes, the price was reduced this week at Trader Joe’s.
We are talking about $1.99 a bottle from the Charles Shaw brand.
Bring it on, baby: wood chips, acid adjustment, blending, secret sauce, eye of newt, or whatever it takes.
It certainly drives the point home: wine does not have to be expensive.
Because, fyi, I think cheap (make that inexpensive) Sauvignon Blanc is more challenging to make than Chard or Cab, I checked out the 2018 SB at TJ’s.
Slightly greenish color with some spice on the nose. Neither grassy nor herbal and without a melon or gooseberry in sight. Make that without much of an identifiable fruit. Maybe a hint of grape. Medium bodied with a hint of sweetness but finishes with slightly tart acidity. Totally acceptable.
BTW, I prefer to taste white wines not chilled. Chilling a wine can masks any defects and off things.
Somms will be challenged to find a mineral or a crushed rock, scorched earth component. Or whatever the latest show-off terms are.
And the rest of us will wonder how is it possible to offer any wine at this price.
But for $1.99 in a real bottle with a cork, this SB is a party wine…
Note to dinner guests: “dont even think about it.”