Sunday, November 23, 2008

Value Wine of the Week: Charles Shaw Valdiguie Nouveau

A lot of you are probably familiar with a wine called Beaujolais Nouveau, which makes an appearance in grocery stores and liquor stores worldwide every year right around this time... You might recognize it by its extremely colorful label:


If you want to see what the fuss is all about with Beaujolais Nouveau, just read this Wikipedia entry. It costs about $10 per bottle.

The point of this post is to tell you about a similar style wine that is cheaper and just as good: Charles Shaw Valdiguie Nouveau. I know Charles Shaw sometimes gets a bad rap because it's so cheap, but honestly Karl and I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of this wine. Every bottle is just $1.99 (hence the nickname "Two Buck Chuck") and tastes every bit as good, if not better, than the $10-12 bottles most people buy at the grocery store to have with dinner. The Valdiguie Nouveau is only available at Trader Joe's, and it is a very light-bodied dry red wine that is very fruit-forward. Karl and I enjoyed it with some fish recently and it paired perfectly.

Check it out if you get a chance. Here's a picture of the label:

1 comment:

The Eaglewoman said...

arg, we were in manhattan on saturday, but took the train. this means i didn't get to make a tj's stop...but when i do, i really really want to check out this wine! it sounds really great!