Wine Wednesday | Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

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Happy Wednesday! This week has been dragging and I can’t believe we are only half way there! But on the bright side I have this 2015 Wente – Riva Ranch – Chardonnay to cheer me up a little. And it really was just a little because I didn’t love this wine as much as some of the other chardonnays that I have had. I tasted some oak but thought it lacked that buttery taste and had more of a steely or tart taste that I don’t enjoy as much.

It’s odd because I have liked prior vintages of this wine a lot but for some reason this vintage did not sit well with me. So if you are in the market I would check out a prior vintage as well to see if that is something you might like better.

G had this to say about it: “The wine has a golden yellow hue with creme brûlée, vanilla and Asian pear on the nose. The wine is full bodied and rich for a chardonnay. The palate brings notes of butter, pineapple, vanilla, toasted oak and pear. This is a fantastic California chardonnay and the price to quality ratio is amazing. Wente is known as the first family of Chardonnay and this budget friendly wine upholds that legacy.”

Cheers!

-M

Wine Wednesday | Wente Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wednesday already! This week is flying by and am not mad about that. This week’s wine is brought to you by G. I feel like Wente has been in the rotation ever since I met him almost 10 (!) years ago. This cab gave be a strong berry flavor (dark red cherries, cranberries) with a hint of pepper. I really like this wine and it is a winner in my book. It also comes in at $12 a bottle which is insane! We picked this bottle up at Molly’s, but I am sure you could find it at your local grocery or liquor store as well.

We paired this with a delicious filet mignon that we picked up from where else, Trader Joe’s. I also made some green beans topped with honey roasted almonds and I think it was the perfect pairing for this wine.

Enjoy!

-M