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Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Source: Alexander Valley/Russian River Valley, California
This is not only a super market find but one of my favorite Sauv. Blancs at any price. Bright, crisp, and very refreshing blends of citrus, melon and pear with a small mineral take on the finish. The secret is in the blend of the warmer Alexander Valley and cooler Russian River Valley grapes. This gives the wine a complexity you don’t find very often in this varietal. Certainly not at this price!
Paired this with a garlic honey citrus grilled halibut with lime rice and it really made the dish. Great with grilled fish and shellfish and would be right at home with chicken accompanied by a lemon or doré sauce.
Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2010
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Source: Sonoma County, California
Best of the super market find Chards. Tremendous value. Creamy citrus greets you on the draw with a touch of tropical fruit on the mid palette. Finishes with a nice touch of oak, vanilla, and creamy lemon. Great with fish, light pasta, salads, and will pick up grilled pork or chicken on a hot day.
Try this: take a boneless, skinless chicken breast and rub with garlic powder, lemon pepper, and a pinch of fresh rosemary. Melt some butter and baste. Grill indirect (5 to 6 mins. a side) then squeeze a fresh lemon over them and drizzle with some good quality honey.
Serve with this wine and give your thanks to DdV!
Cline Cellars Viognier 2011
Blend: 100% Viognier
Source: Sonoma Coast, California
Viognier (pronounced vee-on-yay) is a white varietal that gained its fame in the Northern Rhone region of France. This grape is known for its sweet floral aroma much like that of Rieslings and Muscats. The big difference is that this grape produces very dry wines more like a Sauv. Blanc or Chard. For me this is like having my cake and eating it too as I’m not huge on the sweet wines but love floral notes in the nose.
This Cline offering was the biggest surprise of the lot. Beautiful floral notes of honeysuckle, lavender, and wisteria on the nose that give way to lush peach, apricot and a hint of orange on the finish. The creamy mouth feel of this wine makes it a joy to drink all by itself. You can pair this wine with both the heat and the sweet. Grilled fish with spicy mango salsa, fish tacos, or Korean BBQ will kill with this wine. Also try it with some spicy Thai takeout!
J Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010
Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Source: Russian River, Monterey County, Sac. River Delta California
Our next two offerings are based on the Pinot Gris grape varietal. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the same thing. Wineries, especially in the U.S., use the terms to define the style of the finished wine. They will call the wine a Pinot Gris if it is made as a full to medium bodied white with a floral bouquet. If it is made in a light, crisp and spritzy style, it is called a Pinot Grigio (as called in Italy where this lighter style is common).
The J Vineyards Pinot Gris has a subtle bouquet of orange blossoms that give way to tart lemon and lime with a hint of honey and creamy vanilla in the finish. Although it’s at the upper end of the supermarket find price range, it is still a fine value. This wine has a nice complexity and pairs quite well with spicy fare and is also at home with lighter BBQ dishes.
Luna Pinot Grigio 2009
Blend: 100% Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris)
Source: Napa Valley, California
While at Chateau St. Jean, Luna winemaker Tom Peterson created the greatest supermarket find of all time: the Chateau St. Jean Cinq ce Pages. Of course Wine Spectator gave it wine of the year and now it’s $75 and a shadow of it’s former self now that Peterson has moved on to Luna Vineyards. We’re glad he did because this wine is my favorite Pinot Grigio at any price! $10 for this wine is nothing short of highway robbery! Shhhh! Don’t tell Wine Spectator how great this is so they don’t come in and screw it up like the last time…
This wonderfully nuanced and complex wine starts out with blood grapefruit and hints of juicy pear in the nose then magically gives way to silky orange and tropical fruits like mango and guava then finishes with a spritzy mineral note. A very refreshing summer drinker and pairs perfectly with lighter BBQ, pastas, and my should be patented grilled chicken, mango, pancetta pizza.
Bogle Chardonnay 2010
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Source: Clarksburg & Monterey County, California
Apple and pear notes start you off with a nice creamy lemon on the mid palette. Nice balance and acidity. For this style of Chard, I expected a bit more vanilla and oak. Despite that small issue, I really love this wine especially at the price. Fish, shellfish, lighter BBQ, light sauce pasta will all be happy paired with this terrific Chard.