By Kori ~ August 18th, 2011.
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 2009 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. Earlier this year, Juan Munoz-Oca took over as head winemaker from Ray Einberger. Einberger had been at the helm since 2002 when he took the reins from Doug Gore who had been the winemaker since Columbia Crest was founded in 1983. 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 2009 Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 White Wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc. It is a great â€œhouse whiteâ€ for parties and other large groups because it is good, inexpensive (often found in local grocery stores for under $5), and appeals to a wide range of white wine 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€“Columbia Crest
2009 Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 White Wine (Washington State): Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and other aromatic white varieties. Pale straw yellow with green tinges. Nice nose with fresh pear and peach aromas. Pear, apple, lemon, melon, and faint mineral notes come through on the palate. Light to medium-bodied with lively acidity and a long, fresh finish. A smooth, refreshing sipper.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $4.99; Widely available
Filed under: 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