Nice spring sippers for nice prices

With new releases hitting the store shelves and the weather warming up, we rounded up some nicely priced whites to enjoy with the warm weather. Here we  revisit the new vintages of some old favorites and also add some new favorites.

lavieilleblancLa Vielle Ferme 2010 Blanc

DdV: 87
Price: $9.99 1.5L
Blend: Bourboulenc , Grenache Blanc , Ugni Blanc , Vermentino
Source: AOC Luberon  – France

Easily the best deal for a 1.5L bottle of tasty white out there. Regularly $9.99 at Costco! Their red wine made our supermarket find of the year last year and this white is right on the same track. This is a terrific fruit forward but dry wine that is very food friendly from chicken and garlic pizza to grilled tilapia. Sourced from within the Parc Regional du Luberon region from vineyards that average 1,000 feet above sea level, this wine shows amazing aromatics and balance for the price point. Nice citrus, honey, and hints of orange on the nose lead to more bright citrus, pear, and rich melon notes on the mid. Finishes crisp and dry. Great for parties or as a starter companion with cheeses or fruit.


Joel Gott – 2011 Pinot Gris

DdV: 89
Price: $10.00 – 11.00
Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Source: Willamette Valley – Oregon

A very refreshing wine and a great value. On the nose, lime, bright peach, and hints of taglio give way to lush citrus and peach on the mid. Crisp bright finish with mineral notes and a great balance and rich mouth feel make this a joy to drink all on its own. We had this with some grilled garlic/citrus chicken and it really made the dish.


Hess Select 2010 Chardonnay

DdV: 89
Price: $9.00 – 11.00
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Source: Monterey

We here at DdV are huge Hess fans! Their Mount Veeder wines are among the best in Napa and at very reasonable price points. Enter the Hess Select line. Great value wines across the board and this Chard offering is certainly no exception. Lemon and bright lime on the nose gives way to citrus and tropical fruit on the mid. Finishes with a hint of pineapple and crisp mineral notes. Great for fish or chicken dishes.


Cline 2012 Viognier

DdV: 89
Price: $8.99
Blend: 100% Viognier
Source: Sonoma Coast, Carneros – 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.

We loved last years vintage and the 2012 is even better! Sourced from a blend of Sonoma Coast and Carneros grapes, this is a very enjoyable and refreshing wine. Beautiful floral notes of honeysuckle, lavender, and citrus 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!