Charles Shaw Nouveau Valdiguie 2007

Price: $3 Maker: Charles Shaw Winery, Napa County, California Varietal: Valdiguié Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 12.5% Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Charles Shaw Nouveau Valdiguié 2007 is a novel offering from the Charles Shaw Winery, the Two Buck Chuck folks. Departing from the typical Merlot and Cab, this wine incorporates the … Continue reading “Charles Shaw Nouveau Valdiguie 2007”

Peter Vella Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $10 Maker: Peter Vella Wines, Modesto, California Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Packaging: 5 liter box, push-button spigot Alcohol: 11% Our Rating: 6 out of 10 Peter Vella Cabernet Sauvignon is an ultra-cheap box wine – we found a 5-liter box on sale for less than ten bucks. We have studiously avoided these offerings from Vella … Continue reading “Peter Vella Cabernet Sauvignon”

Wine Competition Goofs?

We’ve reported on the stunning win of Charles Shaw Chardonnay at the California State Fair, where the wine (popularly known as Two Buck Chuck) took the Best in California and Best in Class awards. Some might consider that an example of how an unbiased blind tasting can find a deserving bargain wine to be superior … Continue reading “Wine Competition Goofs?”

Wine Label Makes Food Taste Better

The Power of Wine Labels. We probably didn’t need more proof that wine drinkers’ evaluation of wines is subjective and readily influenced by factors other than the actual characteristics of what comes out of the bottle. Now, though, we find that not only is the perception of the wine itself changed by what they think … Continue reading “Wine Label Makes Food Taste Better”

Corbett Canyon Chardonnay 2005

Price: $9 Maker: Corbett Canyon Vineyards Varietal: Chardonnay Packaging: 3 liter box, twist spigot Alcohol: 12.5% Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Corbett Canyon Chardonnay 2005 was a favorite in Wine Blogging Wednesday #31. Despite its modest price – ounce for ounce, it’s cheaper than Two Buck Chuck from Charles Shaw except in California (where … Continue reading “Corbett Canyon Chardonnay 2005”

Blackstone Zinfandel 2005

Price: $8 Maker: Blackstone Winery, Woodridge, California Varietal: Zinfandel Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Blackstone Zinfandel 2005 is a pleasant Zin after it has had plenty of time to breathe. Its nose has spice, smoke, and leather notes. It’s a medium-bodied wine, leading with juicy currant … Continue reading “Blackstone Zinfandel 2005”

WBW #35 – Passionate Spain

We were happy to see Michelle from My Wine Education’s straightforward selection for Wine Blogging Wednesday #35 – “Passionate Spain.” In addition to leaving the field wide open – a wine from Spain – Michelle encouraged us to select a bottle that cost under $10 – definitely in our preferred “affordable” category here at Box … Continue reading “WBW #35 – Passionate Spain”

Expedition to Trader Joe’s

On a recent trip to the metro New York City area (mostly New Jersey), I had a chance to (finally!!) visit a Trader Joe’s in person. I’d long been aware of the chain from their well-known exclusive on Charles Shaw wines, aka Two Buck Chuck. Surprisingly, I completely bypassed the Chuck display and was entranced … Continue reading “Expedition to Trader Joe’s”

Double Dog Dare Merlot

Price: $3.33 Maker: Double Dog Dare Cellars, Ripon, California Varietal: Merlot Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork Alcohol: 13% Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Most wine drinkers might not be excited by a new $3 wine, but here at Box Wines we are always on the lookout for great wine values. Double Dog Dare … Continue reading “Double Dog Dare Merlot”

Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Merlot 2005

Price: $3 Maker: Charles Shaw Winery, Napa County, California Varietal: Merlot Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 12.5% Our Rating: 8 out of 10 Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Merlot 2005, aka Two Buck Chuck, isn’t a fantastic wine. But there’s a reason why 300 million bottles of Chuck have been sold – this Merlot … Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Merlot 2005”