Advantages Good price and a smooth crisp drink
Disadvantages bottles too small !!!
Garnet Point Chardonnay-Chenin BlancSo the ghost and ghouls were out in force halloween Saturday - so were the spirits - hmm - was never one for the white spirits - a nice dark smooth brandy or rum yes, but not what was on offer at this party. Then I spotted a familiar green bottle sitting in the ice barrel !!
Picking up the ice-cold bottle I recognised the Chardonnay before me. It was Garnet Point - a great favourite of mine. I enjoyed the bottle so much I treated myself to another on Sunday to go with my roast chicken.This wine really compliments white meat ; whether they be, as a roast or in a salad.
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~~~~ The Producers~~~~The Gallo family have been producing wines for over 75 years in the California region. They are major producers using many varieties of grapes to suit all palates and occasions.
~~~ Packaging~~~Garnet Point Chardonnay-Chenin Blanc is a crisp, California wine that is presented in a stanard 75cl pale green bottle at 13% vol. Thus allowing the drinker to see the clear, pale colour that reassured me it would be a rather dry, white wine. The bottle displays a bold front label with matching neck label.
~~~~ Price~~~~I picked this bottle up for £4.99 in our local Co-op store but I also know Tesco's and other large stores sell them for roughly the same price. Considering that the average Chardonnay is now between £5 - £8 I thought this was a good price.
On pouring this chardonnay-Chenin Blanc you are aware of the delicate aroma of fruits with a slight oaky scent. However, I thought it was more of a red apple (sweeter) than green and yes I agree fruity. Now the hard bit, TASTE. Yes - just as I remembered it. The pale colour had lead me to believe it would be a rather dry wine and although it was dry, it was a very delicate and light dry wine. Those of you that like medium dry would like this just as much as those, like myself, you prefer dry. The wine had a really crisp, freshness about it that would go well with fish as well as white meat dishes. Or just on its own, with your feet up enjoying the evening. I was really pleased that the acidy taste you sometimes get from a very oaky chardonnay was overpowering, it to was present but only in a mild form.
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~~~~Conclusion~~~~Considering the 2 situations in which I have enjoyed this wine over the weekend, I recommend it for all wine lovers to enjoy with food or just on its own. Its price combined with the light, crisp taste that doesn't bring any overpowering oakiness of a heavy Chardonnay makes it a winner.
I hope you have been intrigued enough by this review of my experiences of this wine to make a choice as to whether you may buy this - with xmas coming up it would make a lovely bottle to have on the table next to the bubbly.Merry drinking - just remember to drink responsibly !!!!!
thanks for reading
x hev (also on dooyoo)
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