Charles Shaw: Inexpensive Wines

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 at 12:00 am

If you think the best wines can only be enjoyed by paying the most expensive prices for it, then you haven’t looked far enough. An expensive price for a wine does not necessarily follow that it belongs to the finest class of wines out there. Certain factors determine the price of wines and not just for their exquisite taste alone. But if you are looking for quality wines that score high on the drinkability scale yet not cost that high, then you can try out some wines from Charles Shaw.

Charles Shaw wines have recently become popular due to their exceptionally cheap prices. If bought from any Trader Joe’s Store, where Charles Shaw wines are exclusively distributed, the wines fetch for under two bucks for a 750 ml bottle. At two dollars a bottle, Charles Shaw wines have earned the popular nickname of "Two-buck Chuck". In other states, they are called either "three-buck Chuck" or "four-buck chuck", depending on the price that they command in some areas.

At so cheap a price for a bottle of wine, some people may consider not even buying a bottle simply because it might not taste good. Some people just have that perception that more expensive wines taste better. But that is where Charles Shaw wines beg to differ. Not all cheap wines taste bad. There can be certain wines that are exceptions to this rule. There are wines that can be pretty inexpensive and yet offer an enjoyable drinking experience that some people look for.

Charles Shaw has gained quite a number of contented customers for the type of wine that it offers- cheap yet good wines that taste good. Surely, it may not offer the typical wine sophistication that some wine lovers may be looking for. But for those that look for a good wine to enjoy with the evening meal or bring to parties, Charles Shaw wines will do just fine.

There is quite a selection of Charles Shaw wines that people can choose from. There’s the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and some Shiraz varietals. These wines are made from grapes that mostly come from a number of California vineyards. Most notable of Charles Shaw wines is their Chardonnay variety where its 2005 California Chardonnay was recently judged as the Best Chardonnay from California at the 2007 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. It received a double gold and honored as Best of California and Best of Class, besting other noteworthy California Chardonnays.

Not only that, its Shiraz variety also is something to take note of. Shaw’s 2002 Shiraz also was able to receive a double gold medal at the 28th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition, where this "two-buck Chuck" was able to land on top of about 2,300 other wines in the said competition. Now that is something of an achievement for a wine that costs a little below two dollars. This very inexpensive wine, along with its respectable packaging, is really something of a bargain that wine lovers would want to try out.