Originally Posted by johnapril
I appreciate the attention to the way wine is shipped. So much of what is available in my homestate is ruined by the time it gets to the store, and often the conditions in the store ruin it from there.
If you are ever in or even near Pasadena, go to The Chronicle wine cellar, which is located literally behind Pie n Burger (which makes a great patty melt and still uses the syrup to make their sodas. btw...) There is no sign. But if you look on the railing of the parking lot, and a little American flag is flying, the store is open. Just pop into the parking lot. The store is about the size of a large walk in closet, but the guys really know their stuff, and the prices are about 1/2 of the retail at most wine stores. Plus, half the time, they have a bottle open, and will offer you a taste of whatever it is. The owners are apparently friends with Joe, as in Trader Joe, whose "2 buck chuck", the "Charles Shaw" stuff ranges from rancid to really good, depending on what overstock Joe (and others now, I guess) have been about to find.