Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Your cheap wine taste tester
Those of us who live in California now have choices when buying ridiculously cheap wine. Charles Shaw, a.k.a. Two Buck Chuck, now has a competitor in the two dollar a bottle wine market named Fox Brook, which is sold at exclusively at Lucky Supermarkets. Unlike Trader Joe's, Lucky does not have multiple good choices for wines under five dollars, and at my local store, the Fox Brook display is separated from the rest of the wines and tucked in a corner of the fruit and vegetable department. I have not heard a clever nickname for Fox Brook yet, so I'm not sure how well known or popular it is. I suggest Lucky Chuck.
I have tried several of the varietals of red of both brands and I make these recommendations, which my father agrees with. (By the way, we prefer to be called The Thrifty Thirsty instead of The Cheap Winos, if it is all the same to you.)
The best of the Charles Shaw reds is the Shiraz. The best of the Fox Brook is the Merlot.
OMG, Matty Boy, didn't you see Sideways? Don't you know you can't be serious and recommend a Merlot anymore?
Yes, hypothetical question asker, I did see Sideways, and no, I'm not that guy. I'm drinking and recommending two dollar wine, for the love of Lenny, so I think it's easy to tell us apart.