We tried 8 types of Trader Joe’s ‘Two Buck Chuck’ wine, and I was blown away by one

‘I would buy it and serve it at a lushy Christmas party,’ one reviewer wrote. Áine Cain / Business Insider

Trader Joe’s in-house Charles Shaw wine doesn’t sell for $US1.99 anymore, but its “Two-Buck Chuck” nickname showcases its frugal reputation.

Safe to say, it’d be unwise to go into a Charles Shaw wine tasting with over-the-top expectations. In many cases, you’re getting what you’re paying for.

And out of all the red wines, my expectations were lowest for the blend. I just didn’t know what to anticipate.

But, much to my surprise, the red blend ended up being my personal favourite out of the bunch.

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When it comes to wine, I’m pretty basic. If a drink tastes cosy and reminds me of Christmas, I’m all about that. And that’s exactly what the red blend brings to the table.

My four fellow tasters and I commented on notes of “nutmeg,” “warming spices,” and “citrus zest.” One colleague opined that the wine “tastes cheap without much complexity, but honestly I don’t hate it.”

“I would buy it and serve it at a lushy Christmas party,” another reviewer wrote. “It’s cheap and efficient.”

As for me, I’d be content to sip a glass of the Charles Shaw red blend next to a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night.