Category Archives: White Blend

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 2011 Domaine du Tariquet “Classic” white blend (45% Ugni Blanc, 35% Colombard, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Gros Manseng), Côtes de Gascogne. 11.5% ABV, available for as little as $6.95 online.

APPEARANCE: Pale gold. AROMA: Linden, citrus. TASTE: Pear, apple, honey, lychee, grapefruit. Very faint Sauvignon Blanc edge is evident. Tart and refreshing, dry, yet with a round sweetness. Minerals, lemon. Good silky mouthfeel. Among the most intriguing wines I’ve tasted … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Two from Murrieta’s Well. The Whip, 2011 white blend; The Spur, 2009 red blend. Around $15.

The Murrieta’s Well winery name is based on Old West history: Joaquin Murrieta, a.k.a. “Zorro,” would steal horses from northern California and run them down into Sonoma or Mexico, watering them from the artesian well on the property en route. … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Pine Ridge 2010 Chenin Blanc + Viognier (79% Chenin Blanc, 21% Viognier), California. 13% ABV. $13.99; available for as little as $8.99.

Three of us enjoyed this delightful wine that is both delicious and way off the beaten path. Opened at 51°, it was intensely aromatic and flavorful, although the flavor didn’t quite match the nose. That’s okay—it just made the wine … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation,” White Wine Blend (33% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Chardonnay, 9% Semillon, 6% Roussanne, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% White Riesling, 2% Muscat Canelli), California, 2009. 13.5% ABV. $11.99, available for $9.99.

Sometimes my love and I surprise each other with a new wine and the “Guess!” game. The winner gets one of his or her wishes granted. When I first sniffed this beauty, I confidently said, “Chardonnay.” But as soon as … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Trivento 2010 Amado Sur, Mendoza, Argentina. 75% Torrontés, 15% Viognier, 10% Chardonnay. $14.29, available for as little as $9.99. 13% ABV.

Confession time: This is the first Mendoza wine I’ve liked. Ever. The Malbecs have been harsh and austere and I just kind of gave up after a while. I’ve liked a couple of them at tastings, but upon tasting from … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

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