Friday, June 22, 2018

Castoro Cellars … found at Trader Joe’s

Now, what’s a nice girl like me, with 29 years of sobriety, doing in the wine section of the fabulous Trader Joe’s store in Raleigh, North Carolina…thrilled to be clutching a bottle of Coastal brand merlot? Well, let me explain:

My nephew Niels owns a large winery in Templeton, California called Castoro Cellars and on a visit there 10 years ago he treated me to a complete walk-through of their operations. At one point we watched as workers attached labels to the bottles rotating past on a conveyor belt. These, he explained, were the wines that were sold at the Trader Joe stores nationwide...a mellow merlot at a reasonable price. Then he snatched one of the bottles from the belt, wrote “stolen from the bottling line” in large indelible silver letters and handed it to me as a gift.

Needless to say I have never opened that bottle but I display it proudly and on a recent visit to Raleigh I decided to check and see if they still sell his wine. I was happy to see that they did and, as I was reading the back of the bottle, a man caught my attention. “You look like you know your wines”, he said, “Would you recommend the one that you are holding? I see it's from the West coast but is it affordable?” 

Putting on a thoughtful expression and hoping that he couldn't see the twinkle in my eye I seriously replied, “I can honestly say that it’s the best bargain I’ve ever found...on either coast.”


Blogger Marie Smith said...

Lol. Priceless Ginny.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Joared said...

What better testimony!

3:13 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Great sales job, Ginnie.

Enjoy looking at that bottle.

4:19 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Ha ha, an honest for sure answer.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A delightful story, Ginnie, and hope you will one day sample that merlot.

5:02 PM  
Blogger possum said...

Excellent! Excellent!
A mellow merlot...
I share a big smile with you!

10:59 AM  

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