That stuff tastes like ass. And I've tasted ass.
@1: But did you like it?
@1 And did the other ass win any awards at the State Fair?
"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?
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.)
Celebrities drink it.
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.)
Man, you guys need to learn to hat tip.
ABC deserved the hat tip and got it, not the commenter I didn't know about until I was directed to his comment above.
Who cares. Chardonnay sucks.
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.
Was it a blind taste test, or did the tasters simply go blind after drinking it?
I'm with Doug @10. Award winning Chardonnay is still Chardonnay.
Nothing says "classy" like $2 wine.
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.
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.
can you snort it?
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.
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