White Wine Blends

Sep 28, 2011 by

White Wine Blends

A mad scientist’s workshop, a place where sights, scents and flavors abound, a place of ideas, dreams and history. I’m talking about wineries, people. Wineries are all of these things and much, much more.

One of my favorite jobs at J. Rickards Winery (I’m the Director of Sales & Marketing – a big poobah title for “she who does many things”) is blending wines with the winemakers. We’ll take a little of this, a little of that, taste it and decide what we all like the best and voila! We have a new blend! It’s kinda like cooking, but you can catch a buzz in the process. I get paid to do this. Grin.

I don’t include the wines of J. Rickards Winery in my reviews because I feel that it wouldn’t be fair or ethical, but I can tell you that the wines are really good.

OK – on to the white blends I recently tried. The following wines were my favorites:

Five Stars
2009 Blanc, CA $12.50

Who ARE these people? This is the second wine I’ve tasted from them and absolutely loved (the first was their Rosé). The wines are well made and well priced. And the labels are really chic, too! This white blend is gorgeous, with abundant aromas and flavors of citrus, honeysuckle and savory green herbs.

Five Stars
Donna Fugata
2010 Anthilia $15

Dried flowers, grapefruit, peach and mineral aromas lure the taster into a bright, fresh mouthful of deliciousness. This Sicilian white wine is sassy and crisp, like Ellen DeGeneres wearing a freshly pressed white cotton button-down shirt and pinstriped slacks – she’s cracking jokes nonstop. This wine will make you smile.

Five Stars
2009 Summation $14
Oooh! Pretty! Seductive scents of ripe peach, nectarine, mandarin orange, savory green herbs and toasted hazelnuts continue as flavors in the bright, juicy mouth. You’re going to want another sip, and another…

Four Stars
Viña Robles
2010 White4 $16
Lemon, jasmine, honeysuckle, lemon blossoms and toasted almonds set the stage here, from the first sniff, through the zesty mouth and on through the long, juicy finish. Delicious!

Four Stars
2010 White Blend, Lodi $16
Can you say “fruit basket?” I knew you could! Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, pear, tropical fruit (pineapple, mango & papaya) abound, all wrapped up in a balanced, zippy mouthfeel. Katy Perry could wear this wine as a costume onstage! “I drank this wine and I liked it…”

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