It's the week after New Year's and many souls have fallen victim to this scenario: you host a party and ask guests to bring a beverage. A wide range of wine and beer make their way into your pantry and fridge. An Italian Chianti, a reserve Chardonnay from a boutique Napa winery and yes, the notorious Two Buck Chuck. The wine equivalent of Bud Light.
It's Friday night and the first week back to work is always the hardest, that low cost vino is looking quite attractive. So, tonight for our tasting pleasure is a bottle of 2010 Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc.
Charles Shaw wines are the original Two Buck Chuck's. Originally introduced in California at Trader Joe's at the welcoming price of $1.99 they filled a special niche market. Since then more wines have jumped onto the two dollar bandwagon.
This Chuck has a light straw color and the scent of green apple. Make sure and swallow fast though, the taste is not as appealing. Although light at first a bitter and tart taste quickly engulfs your mouth and soon that's all you taste. I'm not saying there isn't a time and place for Two Buck wines, but maybe after you have already finished a couple of bottles of other wine first. Advice: pay the extra eight dollars and buy a local middle of the road wine. Save your friends from the ultimate party hangover conundrum…to drink or not to drink the Two Buck Chuck.
With that being said, it did work well as a cooking wine.