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 Posted:   Mar 12, 2004 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

HERE an up dated news ont the friday cheap wine front

Wine for Tightwads
Cheap wine you can actually drink.
By Mike Steinberger
Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at 9:16 AM PT

There are a few things you should know about Two-Buck Chuck:

1. It is a wine, not the street name of a Mafia don or pimp.

2. Its price actually ranges from $1.99 to $3.50 a bottle.

3. It sucks.

4. In spite of this, sales are brisk.

Charles Shaw, as it is formally known, is the hottest thing in the wine world at the moment. It is the brainchild of a publicity-shy Napa Valley winemaker named Fred Franzia, who shrewdly decided to cash in on California's current grape glut by going downmarket—as low as you can go, in fact. Two-Buck Chuck, which debuted last year, is sold exclusively by the Trader Joe's supermarket chain and comes in four … well, let's just call them flavors: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay.

Two-Buck Chuck has found a loyal audience among the many Americans who drink only dirt-cheap wines (part of its appeal is surely aesthetic: It comes in a proper bottle, rather than a box or a jug, so people probably feel they are getting a more upscale product). But its renown has also spread thanks to some rather glowing press coverage. The media seem to have an unquenchable thirst for stories that somehow cast doubt on the worthiness of expensive wines and the wisdom of those who drink them; the subtext of many of the articles about Two-Buck Chuck is that the swill-guzzling masses have once again outfoxed the snobs by finding a wine that offers both value and quality.

 Posted:   Mar 13, 2004 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   BJN   (Member)

In fact, this (or more precisely, last) night it was Gösser beer I consumed.

According to the late Douglas Adams the very same beer played an important role in the creation of the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxis.

 Posted:   Mar 19, 2004 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

....Hey, what's this? Is it friday? OH YES IT IS!

I'm off for more than a few beers, as we will have a PROLONGED "Friday Beer" here at the institute. Should be good. big grin

 Posted:   Mar 19, 2004 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Ah Friday, all good beer philosophers should be setting the world to rights tonightwink

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, the activity seems to be a bit low in here right now. Hopefully, that is because people are enjoying their Friday beers!

Personally, I need to celebrate the fact that we had our last stageplay performance yesterday (see thread "How I kucricked a stage play"). So if I'm able to find some colleagues here at the university (where is everybody?), I'm going out for a few in a couple of hours. You should do so too. Hey, spring is in the air, so let's sit outside! smile

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)


Not so Spring like here's emptying down with rain so no sitting on a balcony supping my brew for me tonight.

What's your fave tipple? Mine is Carlsbergbig grin

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sorry to hear about the weather over the "pond". It has now deteriorated somewhat here as well (into greyish tones), but at least it's not raining.

My favourite beer is one of the two Danish ones, Tuborg or Carlsberg, like you. But once in a while I also like to experiment a bit, with things like Kilkenny's.

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Todd R.   (Member)

I love root beer.

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

YAHOO!! I've just had four beers, and am sensing the sweet sensation of intoxication. Now I'm heading for town, with two beautiful girls. So long!

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

YAHOO!! I've just had four beers, and am sensing the sweet sensation of intoxication. Now I'm heading for town, with two beautiful girls. So long!

Thor, you naughty one, YOU! Have fun and party responsibly. No driving if you drink.

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2004 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Todd R.   (Member)

Sis, I think you misread Thor's post. He was merely commenting on the high cost of buying sequins in bulk.


 Posted:   May 1, 2004 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Stayed home last night, but am headed out tonight with sis (my sis, not our SIS) to Casey O'Tooole's in Wayne to hear my nephew's new band play. Anyone in the area is certainly more than welcome to come! They go on about 10:00, and we'll be the two seemingly out-of-place gals out on the dance floor showing them how it's done! One word of caution...bring ear plugs! They're LOUD!!! Can't say that I love his music, but he IS my nephew, so I do give him my support. And after a week like this, I'm certainly up for some libation as well!


 Posted:   May 21, 2004 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Never let a good thread go to waste...just like beer reallywink

Ahhhhhh! Friday, let the merriment beginbig grin

 Posted:   May 21, 2004 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)


 Posted:   May 21, 2004 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Just don't get behind the wheel, ok? frown

 Posted:   May 21, 2004 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Just don't get behind the wheel, ok? frown

I know you're addressing Timmer and betenoir here, but just FWIW, with regard to your earlier, similar advice to Thor...

Thor, you naughty one, YOU! Have fun and party responsibly. No driving if you drink.

... I don't think Thor drives at all. I'm pretty sure I remember his saying here once he doesn't own a car.

Good advice, though. smile

 Posted:   May 24, 2004 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

That's right. I have a driver's licence, but I don't have a car. Can't afford it, and I presume the public transportation is much better here than in, say, L.A. (it's probably much more EXPENSIVE here, though).

Partied both Friday and Saturday this weekend, so I'll try to cut down on the booze this upcoming weekend. Let's see how long I'll be able to keep that promise.

 Posted:   Jul 7, 2004 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

How's the summer where you're at? Good enough to enjoy an outdoors beer?

I've just returned from a friend's place where I celebrated the birth of his son today with quite a few glasses of brilliant cognac (as I mentioned in another thread). So I raise my night cap once again before I go to bed.

Here's to Kevin, the newborn!

Good night....

big grin

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I missed the above post, a belated congratulations to your friends new born Thor.

Is Kevin a typical Norwegian name?

It's Friday and I'll be out tonight with a group of my friends, I shall, at some point send a silent toast skyward to Mr. Goldsmith, I'll not get maudling, yet I'll smile and know what a great legacy he has left behind for us all.


 Posted:   Jul 23, 2004 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, there are quite a few people who are called Kevin in Norway, although it is obviously an Anglo-Saxon name.

Tonight, I will remain perfectly calm, as I'm going to my best friend's wedding tomorrow (I'm his best man!), and I have to be up at 6!

I have a speech ready, but I'm not sure it'll be a home run. At least it's short and sweet! smile

Anyway, there'll be plenty of drinks at the wedding, so maybe I'll sneak a silent Goldsmith toast in there as well (if only for myself).


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