From the bottle:
Our distinctive blend marries the crisp, honeyed citrus fruit of Chenin Blanc (80%) with the plush body, soft floral and juicy peach notes of Viognier (20%) for a lush, versatile and delicious wine. Enjoy a glass on its own or try it alongside your favorite seafood or spicy dish.
Today we turn to our first non-exclusive wine in this year’s series. Even so, the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier is often associated with Trader Joe’s and I’m guessing they are probably the largest single seller of the 85,000 cases or so produced each year. (You can find more on the Trader Joe’s strategy and pricing model here.)
The 2014 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier begins with very pleasant aromas of grapefruit, melon and pear along with honeysuckle and other floral notes. Tasting the light to medium-bodied wine reveals loads of juicy, succulent green apple, pear and lots of citrus fruit. The wine also has a fabulous lively acidity and a nice mineral streak. Tropical fruit notes take over mid-palate and lead into the fresh and crisp finish. This is a fantastic summertime sipper made for hot days on the patio! It also makes a great pairing with spicy Asian food thanks to a little sweetness.
As always you can find an updated list of all our recommended wines from Trader Joe’s as well as some tips and tricks for shopping the store here.