Trading with Joe

Trader Joe's is known for its smartly chosen wine selections, including the Charles Shaw wines. So what happens when Trader Joe's wines are subjected to a blind tasting? Richard Fadeley's tasting panel found the results . . . interesting. Read the reviews.


Ca'Rossa 2013 "Merica" Roero Arneis ($15.99)

This is a clear, bright straw color wine, with golden glints against the light. Fresh citrus aromas, lemons and limes, lead into a full, bright flavor with peachy aromatics joining the chorus. It seems just a little sweet at first, but crisp, zingy acidity keeps the overall impression dry, with a pleasant peach-pit bitterness creeping in on the finish. Good food wine at a gentle 12.5% alcohol. As we move on into spring and summer, it could also make a fine wine for alfresco dining or sipping on the patio. It should go well with just about any standard white-wine match, from poultry and pork to creamy cheeses.

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Taylor Eason

Three passionate Mendocino Pinot Noir producers

"Northern California's Mendocino County, a wine region rich with redwoods, coastal climate and definitely Pinot Noir, has birthed three disparate yet dedicated wineries, proudly wearing their Pinot passion like a badge of honor," writes Taylor. Read their profiles.