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Sam Lipp blind-tastes all eight Charles Shaw wines

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  1. They obviously didn't taste the Charles Shaw Chardonnay that won a gold medal at the California State Fair a year or so ago. Not that I really think it would have made a difference.

    On the other hand, the last stat I saw was that Trader Joe's sells something North of 15 million cases of this stuff each year. So......... who are we to judge?

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    1. re: Midlife

      Wasn't it the Orange County Fair?
      Anyways, it still is my nemesis at work and I try to steer those folks towards South America for better quality/value.

      1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

        A bit of Googling reveals lots of gold medals at lots of competitions. Hmmmmm.

      2. re: Midlife

        That was 2007, and did those bottles really have the same wine in them that Franzia was shipping to TJ's at the time?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          That's really what I was alluding to but didn't want to say in detail. Was it really that long ago?