This delicious little white has me thinking about summer and seafood. Perfect pairing to mussels or scallops and at an exceptional price. These intriguing whites are made from the grape Melon de Borgougne in the Loire Valley in France. The 2010 Domaine du Haut Borg Muscadet is bright, medium bodied white wine with notes of apple and citrus complimented by a minerality that makes it the perfect food partner, particularly to any sort of seafood dish. A great one to keep on the back burner for those summer nights out on the patio with just the right meal. At under $15 a bottle its a steal.
This is a great option if you are looking for a nice, easy drinking, fruit forward style of Chardonnay and it is made from Organically grown grapes – meaning only organic materials are allowed to be used in the vineyards. The 2011 Santa Julia Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel tanks. You get lots of green apple and tropical fruits on the palate with just a hint of vanilla on the finish but the wine is crisp and bright. A nice option for a house white wine and you can feel good about the fact that no chemicals were used in the grape growing process – what’s not to like, especially at a price point under $15.
I tasted this little value Chardonnay last week and loved it! That simple! The wines are part of a sort of co-op project – each varietal coming from a different region. They are meant to be inexpensive, fun, solid value wines. I got to taste the line up and while there were a few nice options, the Chardonnay was what jumped out at me as the best quality for the money.
The labels are fun and quirky but it’s what is inside the bottle that counts. This is a great option for those that love a lighter style of Chardonnay – lots of bright, crisp, juicy fruit on the palate (think crisp green apple, melon, some lemon zest) – but with a softer, rounder finish. Just a hint of oak gives it that bit of vanilla and creaminess which is nice. I believe the fruit is sourced from southern France.