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The Best Two Buck Chuck (and What To Do With It)

Drinks The Serious Eats Team 50 comments

Did you realize there are seven varieties of Two (or Three) Buck Chuck on the shelf at Trader Joe's? Here at Serious Eats, we take that kind of thing as a challenge. Which is the best Two Buck Chuck? What should you do with the bad stuff, besides pouring it down the drain? The answers may surprise you. More

Go Ahead, Cook With That Cheap Plonk

Lia Bulaong 2 comments

Julia Child once said, "If you do not have a good wine to use, it is far better to omit it, for a poor one can spoil a simple dish and utterly debase a noble one," but in today's New York Times Julia Moskin says cheap wine works just fine. She did a blind taste test of three risottos, each made with a different red wine. The most expensive was a $70 Barolo, the cheapest was a Charles Shaw cabernet sauvignon Trader Joe's shoppers know as Two-Buck Chuck. Barolo is "made entirely from the nebbiolo grape, is a legendary Italian wine; by law, it must be aged for at least three years to soften its aggressive tannins and to... More

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