… so in the recycling bin, there’s an unusual amount of white wine bottles. Normally it’s crammed with reds. I love the hearty reds like zinfandel, syrah and the GSM blends (that would be the Rhone blends: Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre) but for summer, I want something light and refreshing. Don’t you? Except if you’re having steaks on the barbecue and that calls for a hearty zin or syrah. But I digress …
Whites have lots to recommend them. For one thing, as a rule, they are cheaper than reds. (Hurrah!) There are exceptions, of course. One of my favorites is Chemin de Fleurs from Daou Vineyards in Paso Robles. A lovely, refreshing premium wine ($38 or so) with a hint of flowers. And that is for special occasions like my friend Lois’s birthday next week. But for everyday, for just me, I want to keep it reasonable. So, let me tell you what was in this month’s recycle bin.
There were several bottles of Pancake “Big Day White” a 7-wine blend starting with Chardonnay, Viognier [Vee-Oh-Nyay] and Muscat Canelli. It’s a Trader Joe’s wine and costs a whopping $4.99 — if you can find it. (Not all TJs carry the same stuff.) The Muscat Canelli smooths out any edges so makes a nice summer sipping wine.
There were also several bottles of Beringer Chenin Blanc. This is what some people refer to rather nastily as “supermarket wine.” Well, it’s true. You buy it at the supermarket and it’s around $7.99, although I’ve found it at Total Wine for $4.99. This particular wine has a slight sweetness on the finish which makes it perfect for sitting on the patio on a summer evening and quaffing (don’t you love that word?) with crackers and mild cheese. There was also one bottle (ONE) of Rex Goliath Chardonnay. To be honest, I do not like chardonnay, so was prejudiced from the start. With good reason, it turns out. I don’t care how little it costs, you can do better.
What’s in your recycling bin? I’d love to hear what you’re drinking. Leave a comment.
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