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    Entries in Trader Joe's (20)

    Monday
    Dec102018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Brut Rosé North Coast Sparkling Wine

    How can it be that we are in the last month of the year already? The holidays are rapidly approaching and along with them come the build up, craziness, fun, love, laughter, and of course, delicious beverages we know and love about this time of the year. As we have done all year, we are here to guide you through the maze of wonderful options to help you make a choice that is perfect for however you celebrate the season. To start things off we have decided to visit a bubbly. While this type of beverage is most commonly thought of for end of the year celebrating, you may want to consider one (or two) for the weeks leading up to New Year’s as well. Perhaps even all year round. The beverage we will be trying today is the Trader Joe’s North Coast Reserve Brut Rose. This sparkler is available every year for a few months, usually beginning in early November, and is exclusive to Trader Joe’s.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tuesday
    Jun052018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Big Churn Chardonnay 2016

    Sometimes a thought is kicking around in your head for a while. You can’t quite figure out what it is, but that is alright. Eventually you notice it is not as much kicking as it is swirling.  The swirling eventually changes into a tumbling as the idea becomes something that can now be defined with the written word. As this process churns toward a conclusion it will soon become something that can be shared with whoever may want to listen. In this case, for this weeks podcast, we hope that person listening is you. Today we will be trying the Big Churn Chardonnay from California. This particular Chardonnay is made for those who are fans of the oaky style and we tend to fall into that category. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Monday
    May142018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Typic Rosé

    Did you miss us? At least we didn’t stay away for two years this time. Due to reasons beyond our control, we had to skip a week, but we are back and the first beverage this week we have to share with you will be anything but typical. Or will it? It may not be typical, but it actually will be Typic, Typic rosé wine that is. This is a wine that Keith really enjoyed last year, to the tune of at least 4 bottles, but this is a new year and a new vintage. One never knows what Mother Nature has in store for us from year to year, so continuity is anything but a guarantee. Join us as we delve into this wine for the first time this year to find out if the present reality can match the recollections of the past.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Sunday
    Apr222018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2016

    Sometimes a beverage comes along that immediately grabs your attention. It could be the latest release from your favorite brewery, a new twist on an old favorite from a trusted distillery, or maybe it is something as simple as the eye catching packaging. This podcast features a wine that made us take immediate notice for two reasons. One, it was made from one of our favorite grapes from a great growing region for this varietal. Two, it is from a trusted source for great wines at value driven prices. The wine we are trying this week is the Trader Joe’s Reserve Shiraz from Barossa in Australia. This bottle would retail from $20-$25 if it wasn’t private labeled exclusively for Trader Joe’s. Listen and drink along with us as we see if this wine has the “legs” to stand on, or at least to cling to the inside of our glasses.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's 2013 La Paca Spanish Garnacha 

    With the success of last weeks wine from Trader Joe's, Keith decided we should try another.  Today at the tasting table we have the La Paca Spanish Garnacha.  This particular grape originated in Spain, but goes by Grenache in the other areas where it is cultivated:  Sardinia, the south of France and California's San Joaquin Valley.  Due to it's tolerance for drought/heat and late ripening it has become one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world.  Typically used as part of red blends such as Rioja and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, aged monovarietal wines can cost anywhere from $30-$60.  Time to taste and see if the $7 La Paca brings our palate a glimpse of all this varietal has to offer.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Trader Joe's 2013 La Paca Spanish Garnacha

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    Wednesday
    Apr082015

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Pacific Grove California Chardonnay

    Ripped from the pages of the latest Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer, today at the tasting tables we have the Pacific Grove California Chardonnay.  Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this wine goes through a very unique process of small batch barrel and malolactic fermentation.  These two processes are more common in red wine making and are normally reserved for higher end wines, but at $5.99 and a Chardonnay this wine is neither.  Time to taste and see if all that work was worthwhile or if these grapes should have stayed on the vine.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Trader Joe's Pacific Grove California Chardonnay

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    Wednesday
    Feb252015

    Give It A Shot - Sebastiani 2012 Zinfandel

    What's better than finding a delicious Zinfandel?  Finding one at a good price of course!  Today at the tasting table we will be uncorking the 2012 Sebastiani Zinfandel.  Sonoma County is well known as one of the finest regions in the US for this particular grape, but that type of quality usually comes at a cost.  This particular bottle is priced around $17 depending on where you shop. That may be a fair, we'll find out soon enough, but thanks to our local Trader Joe's our cost was only $9.  Time to taste and discover if the right balance of fruit and spice we look for in a Zin has been achieved  or if this one should have stayed on the vine.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Sebastiani 2012 Zinfandel

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    Wednesday
    Feb052014

    Give It A Shot - Sparkling Natural Mineral Waters from Trader Joe's, Gerolsteiner and S. Pellegrino

    It may sound ridiculous, but I couldn't be happier then being able to post a full show this week!  At the tasting table today we have a trio sparkling natural mineral waters from Trader Joe's, Gerolsteiner and S. Pellegrino.  This may not sound like the most amazing of taste tests when it comes to flavor variants, but their was definitely some differences.  The other reason for this particular tasting is that it sets up our next show where we will choose one of these mineral waters and blend in a concoction created in Keith's kitchen.  More on that next week.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast.

    Tasting Notes - Sparkling Natural Mineral Waters from Trader Joe's, Gerolsteiner and S. Pellegrino

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