By Kori ~ February 25th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 White Wine from Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Columbia Crest, located in Paterson, Washington, has been one of our favorite sources of value wines for many years. Head winemaker, Ray Einberger, took the reins in 2002 from Doug Gore who had been the winemaker since Columbia Crest was founded in 1983. Under Gore and Einbergerâ€™s leadership, the Columbia Crest winemaking team has produced more 90+ scoring bottles of wine than any other winery in the world. For those of us who live in Washington State, it is nice to have such a consistent, affordable producer in our own backyard.
This 2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 White Wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. It is a great go-to white wine for parties and other large groups because it is good, inexpensive (often found in local grocery stores for under $6), and appeals to both Chardonnay lovers and Sauvignon Blanc lovers.
â€œThis medium-bodied white wine showcases intense aromas of fresh sliced peaches and fresh cut grass. Upfront flavors of peach and melons give way to a juicy and refreshing finish.â€ â€“Winemaker Ray Einberger
2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 White Wine (Washington State): 40% Chardonnay, 34% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon, 15% Other various aromatic varieties. Pale yellow with green tinges. Citrus aromas, especially grapefruit, come through on the nose; lots of lime, grapefruit, and white peach on the palate. Medium-bodied with lively acidity and a long finish. A smooth, refreshing sipper.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Winery, $8; Widely available
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25