Man, tough crowd. What does it take to get you guys talking? I know some of you have opinions on wine. Or at least questions about it. Come on, ask me something you’ve always wanted to know about wine; I’ll do the research. I’m much more personable than a Google search. I can be your Woogle search!
For today, I’ll ask the question. It’s multiple choice, so you don’t have to think too hard:
I think that cheap wine (under $8) is:
a.) A nice way to learn about wine without great expense.
b.) A great bargain. It’s the only wine I drink.
c.) Only good for cooking or keeping ants out of the kitchen.
d.) All of the above. I’m too insecure to commit.
Trader Joe’s is moving in down the street, which means (aside from the glorious convenience of TJ’s Veggie Chips and other packaged delights) the wine selection in the neighborhood is about to expand, and mostly downward in price. We already have some truly wonderful boutique wine shops here, but I’m pretty sure none of them carry bottles for two bucks.
So is TJ’s bad for local wine sellers? I like to think that if you’re a b-type person, Two-Buck Chuck is not taking your business away from the smaller stores because you never went there anyway. And if you’re a c-type person, you’ll continue to shop at your favorite little upscale wine store, TJ’s or no. And as for myself and the other folks in the a camp, we’ll probably just end up buying more wine from both places: TJ’s for exploration, boutique shops for really enjoyable wine. By the way, we are extremely lucky that today we can buy excellent wines for under $20–even under $15. So there’s no reason not to buy something you really enjoy, whatever your budget.
Oh, and for those who answered d, go to Trader Joe’s and start tasting. You’ll have an opinion in no time, and it may only cost you a couple bucks.