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Whole Food’s Three Wishes

by Nannette Eaton on January 21, 2012

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” — Jack Welch

We wish we could forget Three Wishes. Three Wishes is the Whole Foods entry in the rock-bottom wine price game solidly occupied by Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine, affectionately (or derisively, depending on your viewpoint) nicknamed “Two Buck Chuck.” The wines retail for two dollars in California, three (or more) dollars in states where the taxman needs a little more love. Now spending only a Jefferson on a bottle of wine, what do you really expect? Wine Harlots are simple girls and have basic expectations — we expect to be able to drink the wine without wincing. Just that simple. And the reality is Three Wishes fails miserably at this basic task. We were hoping for a basic, simple, fruity table wine like La Vieille Ferme or La Ferme Julien, but Three Wishes didn’t even come close.

There are three choices of Three Wishes, a chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. None of them displays any varietal characteristics and the lack of quality across the board makes even cursory tasting notes an impossible task. They all had an unpleasant acidic vinegar quality that rendered them undrinkable. The search for tasty two dollar wines rages on. Our wish is that you spend a couple of bucks more on your table wine, trust us, you’ll be much happier. Wine Harlots drink crappy wine, so you don’t have to.

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