BAM! Just when you thought a fancy-dancy place like Whole Foods would never stoop so low as to attempt to recreate the success of Trader Joe’s “Two Buck Chuck” (or Charles Shaw wine) purely for the sake of making a quick buck – I come across Three Wishes, a California wine from the emerging wine-producing area southeast of San Francisco. At $2.99 of COURSE I had to pick up a bottle to try when I stopped by for some bread during my lunch break yesterday. Granted, I only bought the Merlot, but I already had 6 bottles of wine (nice bottles) in my bag and couldn’t manage any more. And at $2.99, the wine was more of an after thought. Something you keep on hand for when it’s late and you want more wine but you know you’ve had enough that you won’t really taste the next bottle so you don’t want to open something more expensive. Never something to start the evening with, right? So I come home with 7 bottles of wine, 3 pieces of cheese, a baguette, fresh tomatoes and quicos (or corn nuts) ALL for just $80! Thank you lady who bought our old furniture on Monday After the gym I picked up the hubs and headed home. I told him to pick his favorite cheese, slice up the baguette and open an interesting bottle of wine while I was changing, and when I came downstairs he had opened none other than the Three Wishes. For serious. I don’t blame him, there was no price tag on the bottle and he thought the bottle did indeed seem interesting (recycled glass made a somewhat thinner, even smaller looking bottle than normal…) Against my better judgement, we started the evening with a $2.99 bottle of wine. And let me tell you – my alert wine sense knew I was drinking a cheap bottle of wine. But was it an awful cheap bottle? I can’t really say it was! Did it have a robust cherry nose, a silky smooth palate and a pleasant after taste? No. Did it pass for being a decent bottle to have on hand for cooking or late night celebrations? Sure, why not! If you’re a fan of Two Buck Chuck and want to read a funny if not occasionally scathing article comparing it to this new line of Three Wishes wine I highly recommend an article I found in SF Weekly, it is pretty hilarious. Has anyone else tried Three Wishes? I’m kind of dying to try the other varietals, just to see… I hope to come back tomorrow with a review of something that is not strange or overly cheap, it’s been an interesting week for me so far, hasn’t it? Until then, Happy Hump Day, hope I don’t loose internet in the blizzard we’re expecting tomorrow!
(photo credit San Francisco Weekly)