Popular white wine blends in 2011


By Brittany Cooper

Today wine expert Jon Melone dropped by the studio with a bottle of Big House White wine and Bear Flag wine.

Melone says the 2009 Big House White Wine blends a number of various grape varieties together to form this unique, but nice white blend.

It starts with several grape varieties that one would not associate as blending partners.

This light, crisp white wine blends Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Malvasia Bianca, Orange Muscat and Muscat Canelli to come up with this delightful, yet inexpensive white wine.

Each variety is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, and then only the best juices are used in the blending process.

In the glass the color is of yellow straw, and aromas of peaches, melon, and floral hit one’s nose.

Melone also brought in a Bear Flag White Blend.

This white blend comes out of Modesto, California, and it uses three grape varieties, Chenein Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.

On the nose are soft aromas of lemon, floral and a slight hint of grass.

In the mouth you definitely pick up on the citrus, along with spice, and herbaceousness.

In the glass there is some effervescence, and minerality as well. This is an unique blend that works well together.

The citrus and herbs from the Sauvignon Blanc are present, the Gewurztraminer brings out some floral aromas and a hint of spice, and the Chenin Blanc gives it a medium body and buttery feel in you mouth.

This was a decent bottle of wine priced at around $7 retail.

For more information head to Jon's website: www.thewinersblog.com

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