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Nov 17, 2008 09:46 AM

two buck chuck

What would you think if someone brought two buck chuck to your house as a hostess gift - someone who you know drinks pretty decent wine at home.

I admit that I already have an opinion, which I won't state here, however, I am very open to changing my mind! Please be nice.

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  1. If I took it as a kind of gag gift, I'd be fine with it. But if it were meant as a serious wine gift I think I'd be more than a little disappointed.

    It is similar to when my wife and I brought a good bottle of wine to dinner at a friend's house, only to have the friend put our bottle away and break out the el cheapo stuff.

    I will be interested to see what others have to say on this...

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    1. re: BrookBoy

      If you brought the bottle as a gift for your hosts, you shouldn't expect that it will be served at that meal.

      1. re: BrookBoy

        I mentioned similar in another thread. With "gifted" wine, it does happen. I just live with it. Now, I often bring two bottles of varying price/quality ranges to cover the bases. As mentioned in the other thread, I do call to discuss the menu and also what I will bring. If it isn't served, that is life.


      2. Okay I'll bite and be the first to sound like a snob, I think I would be a bit put off by it. I would honestly rather they bring nothing at all. I work in a wine shop and hear all the time, "I'm going to somone's house for dinner and they wont appreciate the stuff I drink so I'm just going to bring this"....always seems tacky to me not to mention if I am dining with friends I am damn well going to bring something I like drinking. I say serve it to them next time they come over.

        1. Happened to me once, a very similar situation.
          Going to a restaurant with a very close friend (meaning, he knew my wino habits ).
          I take a fairly decent Burgundy, he takes a TBC ( literally, the Charles Shaw thing ).
          I only learned when he pulled the stuff out of the brown bag.
          I gulped. Asked the waiter for two pairs of wine glasses, and I poured both, side by side.
          Asked my friend what he thought.
          He said he saw the light. Or at least, he faked it fairly well.

          1. What is two buck chuck? Really cheap wine, like teenagers drink?

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            1. re: danhole

              It is a Bronco project and bacically a bulk wine with a cork in it. called Charles Shaw..not awful, (although I cannot drink it) and it sells at Trader Joes for like $3.00 now...used to be $1.99 hence the name Two Buck Chuck.

                1. re: RicRios

                  Thanks for that link RicRios. Since we don't have a Trader Joes in Texas, I would have no idea what that was. Actually my first thought was "why would someone bring you a chuck roast." Second thought was "I got mine for $1.69 last week." LOL!

                  1. re: danhole

                    Dan, that's exactly what I was thinking! We don't have Trader Joes within a 3 hour drive of me either so never seen that wine.

              1. I guess maybe I would be a little disappointed if I was expecting them to bring something that would wow me, but really if you are inviting someone over for dinner, you really shouldn't expect anything in return.

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                1. re: Chefsquire

                  DO NOT BRING CHARLES SHAW WINE AS A GIFT. Everyone knows what it is, everyone know is costs $2-3. If you are going to a party that involves stupendous amounts of drinking, perhaps - its roughly equivalent to bringing a bottle of Colt 45. If you are a host/hostess and you want some swill to bring out later to mollify your buzzing guests, perhaps, but do not bring it in any circumstances where it is taken as a gift.

                  1. re: Chefsquire

                    I'm close, but it does not have to "wow me," just be enjoyable. Come the Holidays, I get plenty of wine. Most is very good, but there are a few that are just a wine-like-product in a bottle. These usually find their way to the drain, and then the recylce bin, unless the label is really outrageous. Then, we'll put it on display in the celalr. Have a whole rack with weird, cute, outrageous labels - some totally just for fun.

                    Though I have a handful of friends, who share my predilection for fine wine and also can afford to purchase same, I do not expect the average person to be so disposed, and appreciate any "drinkable" wine.