Handcraft 2012 Chardonnay

January 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Score: 6.2 – Good Drop2015/01/img_0697-0.jpg

Price: $15.99

About the Wine: This is sunshine in a glass. Bright floral and tropical fruit aromas and flavours bounce out of the glass. The palate is brightly flavoured and shows some well crafted creaminess. The finish is juicy and offers some baking spices.

Value: This is definitely a no brainer trade up from Cupcake and I would certainly choose it over Apothic White at $16.99 or Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay at $19.99.

Added Value: This wine is at it’s best on a Movie Night with a big bowl of hot buttered popcorn. It also shines for Girls Night Out and Date Night.

More To The Story: Do you remember your longitude and latitude from social studies class? If you draw a straight line on a map from Central California going East you will cut across a number of Mediterranean wine growing regions, including that of Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily in Italy. Each of these regions has a wealth of bright, vibrant, fruit driven white wines that are truly wonderful, but who thinks of Italian whites other than Pinot Grigio?

What makes this wine unique in a world of billions of Chardonnays is that it blends a little Malavsia Bianca in with the Chardonnay. Malvasia Bianca is found in the regions I noted above, is commonly used for blending and shows voluptuous fruit and is wonderfully aromatic.

Service: Chill down, but don’t let it get too cold. You will be able to tell it is too cold if the bright, sunshine like flavours are muted. Pair this wine with Prawns, Lobster, Fruit Salad, and Soft Creamy Cheeses.

Grapes: Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca

Store Section: California

Appellation: California

Available: BC Liquor Stores

Alcohol: 13.5%

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