How Does Whole Foods' $3 Wine Actually Taste?
Not bad, according to one reviewer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Will you like Whole Foods' $3 wine? One Slashfood writer thinks you might.   (©vmiramontes)

(Newser) – Two-Buck Chuck has long been a Trader Joe's institution, and now Whole Foods has its own value wine. It's not quite as cheap as the Chuck—Charles Shaw wines go for as low as $1.99—but you can snag the Three Wishes Vineyards offerings for $3. The non-vintage wines come from "an emerging wine-production area" in California, writes Kristine Hansen for Slashfood—and they're not bad. In fact, she declares: "For $3? Good," and says they even beat "a lot of $8-$10 wines."

There's "no detection of oak" in the Chardonnay, which has a "juicy palate" involving pineapple and floral aromas and notes of pineapple and pear. The Merlot isn't as "blah" as most California Merlots, and has "a cigar-box nose" she calls "interesting," easing into "toasty vanilla and some oak on the finish." Lastly, the Cabernet Sauvignon is "a strong effort," considering "it's tough to find a good Cab from the Golden State for under, say, $30 ... if you aren't a typical Cab drinker you will probably like this." Click for more good, cheap US wines.

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Dec 13, 2010 5:33 PM CST
You must have had a different Merlot than the Three Wishes I drank. It was incredibly bland with no discernable Merlot character. The predominant taste is oak chips. I generally drink inexpensive wines, but this one had to go down the sink.
Julius Orth
Dec 13, 2010 12:00 PM CST
The article is disappointing at best. The review was as bland and generic as the wine is made to appear. Clearly there is a need for more colourful commentary from someone with some expertise in the wine industry. Such fluff benefits no one.
Dec 12, 2010 7:49 PM CST
Big deal. It's all just rotted grape juice.