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Friday, July 13, 2007

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That stuff tastes like ass. And I've tasted ass.

Posted by Chris | July 13, 2007 11:10 AM

@1: But did you like it?

Posted by bitch on heels | July 13, 2007 11:12 AM

@1 And did the other ass win any awards at the State Fair?

Posted by heywhatsit | July 13, 2007 11:13 AM

"Prestigious State Fair" sounds funny to me. I'm sure this pairs great with Aunt Sally's famous apple brown betty. Will the name change to Charles Shaw Blue Ribbon?

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | July 13, 2007 11:18 AM

i knew it! i knew it! i've been secretly refilling empty bottles of expensive chardonay with that crap for years! dinner party guests---HA! joke's on you! (don't ask me the terrible secret of my famous "chateaubriand". really.)

Posted by adrian! | July 13, 2007 11:20 AM
Posted by chuck | July 13, 2007 11:25 AM

That wine is nasty. It's served at so many parties in town that I've tried to like it, but it's just bad. Ripe, overly sweet, and with a horrible cardboard aftertaste. This "award" sounds like marketing to me.

(And it's one more reason not to accept an invitation to dinner at Adrian's.)

Posted by Gurldoggie | July 13, 2007 11:25 AM

Man, you guys need to learn to hat tip.

Posted by tsm | July 13, 2007 11:31 AM

ABC deserved the hat tip and got it, not the commenter I didn't know about until I was directed to his comment above.

Posted by David Schmader | July 13, 2007 11:36 AM

Who cares. Chardonnay sucks.

Posted by DOUG. | July 13, 2007 11:38 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | July 13, 2007 11:41 AM

Won't be selling for two bucks much longer winning awards. That's what happened to some California wines in the '70s. They started winning awards and all of a sudden a great $3 or $4 wine was selling for $12 or $14.

Posted by Bauhaus | July 13, 2007 11:51 AM

Was it a blind taste test, or did the tasters simply go blind after drinking it?

Posted by Original Andrew | July 13, 2007 11:56 AM

I'm with Doug @10. Award winning Chardonnay is still Chardonnay.

Posted by spencer | July 13, 2007 12:24 PM

Nothing says "classy" like $2 wine.

Posted by monkey | July 13, 2007 12:35 PM

Chardonnay doesn't "suck" of its own accord. There are some very terrific white Burgundies, and white Burgundy is Chardonnay.

What sucks is California Chardonnay, which is thick with vanilla (too much oak, often dumped in as sawdust or even liquid extract) and butter (incomplete malolactic fermentation). The tasters obviously LOVE butter and vanilla, which is what you get with Chuck. It's barely wine at all. The only food that goes well with it is raw chocolate chip cookie dough.

Posted by Fnarf | July 13, 2007 12:43 PM

What you all seem to be forgetting is that Two (or Three) Buck Chuck is not an actual wine. Charles Shaw buys surplus wines from other vintners and bottles them under the Charles Shaw name. So it's entirely possible to get a high quality bottle of Chuck, because it may be a quality wine. Or, it might be total shite. Chuck is a crapshoot, so if you taste a bottle that's good, you should go buy a bunch from the same case. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed next time. I don't buy Chuck for that reason.

Oh, and I agree with other posters that oaked chardonnay is for the birds. blech. What's funny is that American wineries brag about how they import French oak for their chardonnay, but the French have moved away from oaking their chards altogether.

Posted by grumpypants | July 13, 2007 1:01 PM

can you snort it?

Posted by paris h | July 13, 2007 2:51 PM

Chuck doesn't make the _best_ wines, sure. But they are drinkable, and they are great party wines, because they come close to pleasing everyone. Winning awards at a State Fair? Well, who's it judged by?

Someday I will be a wine snob, and shudder at the thought of anything less than amazing, but for now, $3 Chuck has improved my life.

Posted by Tiz | July 13, 2007 3:01 PM

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