we got it and how much it cost.
From our local Kroger
Supermarket for $4.99 with a plus card. This wine is
widely distributed so you should be able to find it in most wine
Where is this
At Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA
Impression of Beringer Chenin Blanc, 2005
It is really wonderful to find
a California wine that hits the 5-6 dollar price point that is
not only a good wine to drink but is also a little different and
unique. This wine is so wonderfully fruity it seems to be
much sweeter then it is. While the residual sugar is very
low and the wine itself is quite dry the fruit is so clean and
up front you really are inclined to call it sweet.
The mouthfeel is also really
nice with a slightly viscous feel that good Chenin Blancs are
known for. It is rich and even a tiny bit creamy in
texture. As the wine warms a notes of vanilla and ginger
emerge which just makes it that much more wonderful.
If you are looking for a nice
inexpensive white wine that will please even the typical white
zinfandel addict with out offending the chardonnay and sauvignon
blanc drinker give this one a try. It would be hard to
argue with this wine at 9-12 dollars a bottle but at 5-6 it is
just honestly a steal.
Flavors and Aromas are Most Dominant or Evident In This Wine?
The flavors I found more
prominent were pear, crisp citrus, melon, and ginger along with
a nice hint of vanilla hidden with in it.
foods will this wine go well with?
This would pair so well with
something like a light meal consisting of a Chicken Caesar Salad
along with some cheese (Parmesan or other hard white cheeses are
perfect) and perhaps a light creamy soup it is hard to think
past that idea. Yet you should because there is a lot more
potential with this wine. It would be nice with spicy
chicken dishes but even has enough complexity for beef
dishes. I would not put it with a steak or roast beef or
anything like that but pepper steak and mushrooms or other
oriental dishes that include beef would be excellent
parings. Honestly this is one to experiment with and see
just how far you can push it.
Grapes are In Beringer Chenin Blanc, 2005?
The majority is clearly Chenin
Blanc but I can find no further information if there is any
other variety included or not. My best guess is this one
is 100% Chenin Blanc based on its flavor profile.
I keep it In My Wine Rack, If So How Much?
Possibly a bottle here and
there but this one is not meant to age much over two years and
you can find it anywhere so it will probably be something I just
pick up when the mood strikes me in any quantity greater then
one. But I will probably keep a bottle around most of the
time because it is excellent at the price point and there are
just not that many really good American Chenin Blancs in the
first place, let alone for 5 bucks a bottle.
Who Is Going to Enjoy This Wine?
My wife who is primarily a
blush and white zinfandel drinker really enjoyed this
wine. I am a hedonist for old vine zinfandel and I really
enjoyed it as well. Now it is nothing like white zinfandel
or old vine zin but the fact that both of us found it enjoyable
should give you an idea of the wide range of wine drinkers who
will find this wine agreeable.
The broad appeal comes from
the off dry and very fruity taste that pleases the light wine
drinker. Those like me who love rich reds and heavy whites
will be please by the way this wine is different and unique to
itself and how well it pares with lighter foods and simple
cheeses. If you just want a nice enjoyable glass of wine
that is not to serious about itself this one is sure to please.
Does the Bottle or Vintners Web Site Say About this Wine?
the Vintners Website: Gentle handling and careful attention is given to the Chenin Blanc grapes from the vine to the glass. To retain the delicate varietal flavors of crisp citrus, melon, and spicy ginger, Beringerís winemakers chill the juices immediately following crush and continue to closely monitor the temperature throughout fermentation. Just before dryness, they cool the juices even further to halt fermentation and retain a smooth, lush mouthfeel and lingering finish.
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