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Sweet Summer Wine

Updated on July 12, 2007

Trader Joe's is advertising Avery Lane's 2004 Riesling as a refreshing Summer Wine

I'm declaring myself the Wine Goof because I am definitely not a wine aficionado. However, when I come across an inexpensive wine that I enjoy drinking, I'll pass it on to the rest of you.

I'm hoping you aren't a wine snob if you are reading this--I can only imagine the comments I'll get from the wine snobs. Actually, the comments might be fun.

I will also let you all know about the super crap wines I encounter. I tend to avoid boxes of wine, but who knows where my wino, I mean wine, travels will take me?

The Wine Goof's Rating System

Here is a quick break down of my fingers-around-the-glass rating system:

  • Five Fingers: Serve it to your neighbor who used to run a winery.
  • Four Fingers: Go ahead and serve to friends and family as a decent table wine.
  • Three Fingers: This is completely drinkable, but nothing to really brag about. Use caution when drinking, a common side effect of this wine is an extreme headache.
  • Two Fingers: A mixer wine: you can handle it if you add some juice, or some other masking beverage, to it. Really, only drink it if you need a cheap buzz.
  • One Finger: Your grandma is hopped up on painkillers, has no sense of taste, and partially blind? This is the wine for her!
  • Zero Fingers: Don't even touch the container it comes in. Use extreme caution, this substance is flammable, and may detioriate any material in comes into contact with.

The Wine Goof's Review

Basically, it's not a bad wine. I don't often drink white wines, but they appeal to me when the weather is scorching hot. This 2004 Riesling is fruity, hinting with peach, and best chilled (drinking it warm might be downright nasty).

It is definitely something that you can drink alone, but it would also be fun to add a frozen strawberry, or two, for more of a fruity kick.

Buyer Beware: If you have a fear of screw cap tops, this wine is not for you. In fact, I rarely buy wines that don't have a cork, but this one (at $2.99) is fine.

I'll give it Three Fingers.


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    • Lyria profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the hub...just what I was looking for today! Great title too!

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      10 years ago

      I just heard about 2 Buck Chuck wines. I have heard that some people really like them and its carried by Trader Joe. I'm not big on screw cap wine, but I'm going to try to find some.

    • DeniseClarke profile image


      11 years ago from Florida

      Hi have a terrific site...I enjoy humor with my wine and I never take myself too seriously! I am new to blogging....just started a couple of weeks ago. If you get a chance check on my blogspot and see what you think...I can always use some advice!

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      11 years ago from Seattle

      I will definitely review the different 2 Buck Chuck wines--stay tuned. And, it's true, the 2bc white wines aren't multiple finger worthy.

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      This is great!!! I'm wondering where you would put 2 Buck Chuck on this sort of scale. I would say two fingers (at least their sauvignon blanc).

    • cgull8m profile image


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Stacie, I am just a novice on this, this hub is helpful for us. If you have any five finger variety let me know I will try it chilled. I drank it warm before with food was fine, but would like to drink chilled in this hot weather. Thanks.


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