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Fife Red Wines For $6.99 @ Trader Joe's

DavidT Nov 19, 2009 03:19 PM

Visiting my local TJ's in San Francisco late night, I saw they were selling 4 varietals of Fife red wines for $6.99: a Sonoma Zinfandel, a Lodi Petite Sirah, a Cabernet and a meritage blend.

Does anyone have an opinion on Fife wines? Are these a good value at this price?

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  1. Midlife RE: DavidT Nov 19, 2009 03:49 PM

    First thought............ a bit of Googling suggests that Fife is no longer in business and the latest vintages showing on wine-searcher.com are 2005. Their California ABC winery licenses are all showing as canceled. Sometimes wineries or winery names are bought by other companies but, if the vintages at TJs are '05 and older, these are probably older inventory sold off by the distributors.

    I would buy a bottle or two and try them. That's half or less the price Fife used to sell for, so it could be a good deal. marialorraine or zin1953 will probably come along soon with the facts.

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    1. re: Midlife
      maria lorraine RE: Midlife Nov 19, 2009 04:05 PM

      It's a bankruptcy liquidation. Sad for everyone involved. Try the Zin, possibly the Cab, and report back. (Fife was known mostly for Zin, and his vineyard-designated Zins were pretty tasty. Last time I tried them was a few years ago, though.) Those wines are a very good value at that price if they've been stored well.

      Where is that Jason/zin1953? I miss him. Such passion.

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        Midlife RE: maria lorraine Nov 19, 2009 04:14 PM

        Always know we can count on you!!!

    2. Melanie Wong RE: DavidT Nov 24, 2009 02:58 PM

      My favorite wines from Dennis Fife were the Mendocino County Petite Sirah's. Did you spot any?

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        DavidT RE: Melanie Wong Nov 24, 2009 03:15 PM

        The Fife Petite Sirah in stock was from Lodi.

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          baron45 RE: DavidT Dec 29, 2009 08:53 AM

          The Stonestown location only has the Petite Sirah and the Red Blend in stock as of 12/28.

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            baron45 RE: baron45 Dec 30, 2009 05:59 PM

            Tried the 2007 Petite Sirah from Lodi. Nice nose, good initial burst of fruit, then a short and flat finish. I definitely like the Zin more.

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              BigWoodenSpoon RE: baron45 Dec 31, 2009 10:08 PM

              Hmm, I thought the Petite Sirah was the best of the bunch and the rest were a little thin & flat. Still, there are a lot of wines out there at this price point that are much better.

      2. Vetter RE: DavidT Jan 2, 2010 06:41 PM

        I had the zinfandel last night. It was fine for $7.00, but nothing I'd pick up again.

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