That’s what Pine Ridge Vineyard describes their white blend of Chenin Blanc & Viognier. Which happen to me to grapes I’ve grown to love (not that I ever thought otherwise) over the past few years, simply by varietals finding me.
For me, Chenin Blanc & Viognier have always carried an aura about them that feels larger than life. They’re just different than many of the whites that are readily available at your local wine shoppe. These grapes primarily found in France can be made into stellar creations on its own, but to have them together is a risk. But life is about taking risks. And if it were too fail, then so be it? That’s what life and experiences are all about. They’re not going to be winners and perfect all the time.
And then there’s the 2016 Blend from Pine Ridge that I wouldn’t say tastes like nothing I’ve had before, because I don’t know what that nothing or something is. It’s just a great wine at an affordable price. And that’s important. What also is wonderful is a blend like this can succeed and stand out among all the wines that are available for purchase. Yet I’ve seen this listed for anywhere from $11-$15, and that’s more than reasonable.
The notes are listed on the page, but while I can pretend I could smell, detect, or taste peaches, pineapple, and citrus, none of that is the case. What I did taste is a wonderful white wine that makes me feel good and appreciate that something so well could be crafted and provided to us at such an affordable price.
No, it’s not the best wine I’ve ever had, because that’s not a fair thing to say. What has happened it has added to my ever increasing love for white wines. I would say appreciate but that sounds like I’m not really a fan, and a cop out.
What I find charming is Pine Ridge has its own website devoted to this blend. I like the touch and it shows how serious and passionate they are about this wine.
And the good news? This is one you will likely find at a store near you. If not, it’s also available for purchase online.
Which leads me to think, how good are there other wines, including the reds? Well if this is any indication, I have much to look forward too. As we’re still in season and it’s warm and oh so summer out, the reds will wait. The whites and rosé well… We shall see!
But get this wine, even if you don’t love it, at least it was something different, and it may lead to insightful and inspirational conversations, just like many wines can do. Great wine, great food, and great conversation is what makes this life so great.
While the weather is still this kind, I hope to discuss more of the lighter and medium wines, because this life and time just keeps going. It’s funny how cyclical things are, but that’s just what it is. It’s great when a wine like this comes along to shake things up and breaks the cycle. To write about something life this regularly might take away from that luster, so we’ll see where go to next…
My hunch tells me more of the best and brightest.
Peace be with you.