Purchased from Costco, $9
Chateau Ste Michelle, $13
Total Wine & More, $11.99
Aaron: This isn’t anything to write home about on its own but great for mimosas. The nose and flavor are both a little citrusy but not overwhelming. Apple, pear, and lemongrass reeds were on most of the taste buds. 88 points
Teri: Light almond nose with crisp flavors of peach and almond. The flavor is long lasting and I enjoy the mouthfeel of the sparkling wine. Nothing too out of the ordinary but very enjoyable; a wonderful value. 89 points
Total Wine & More, $9.29
Aaron: This bottle is all about versatility. Great balance of oak and purple berries on the smell. The flavor is very mild and smooth making this easy drinking but still full. Lots of black fruits on the finish, rounded by some appropriate smoke. 90 points
Teri: Easy drinking, not much tannins but flavorful red fruits (black cherries and blackberries) and some oak. I recognized baking spice on the nose. It is hearty but easy drinking. I place this on the better side of ‘standard’. 87 points
House Wine Website
Total Wine & More, $4.79
Teri: Saw this at my local supermarket and thought, ‘hey…what the heck. Let’s check out this wine in a can.” As you can tell, I enjoy this one at the beach. Easy drinking (even straight from the can). Strawberry and little mineral flavors. Very easy drinking and a hint of sweetness. Nothing great but nothing turned me off to it either. I give it a thumbs up for a rose out of a ‘can’ especially for all those places you don’t want (or need) to carry a full bottle. 88 points
Purchased from World Market, $8.99
Aaron: I was excited to try this World Market branded wine. There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush. The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish. It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price. 90 points
Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.
Foodies Wine Website
World Market, $8.99
Aaron: Honey … lots of honey. Plus some lemon and other citrus flavors. This was definitely not as sweet as the smell, more like zucchini doused in citrus juice. Frankly, there wasn’t much going on and this wasn’t great. I’m hoping some of the other World Market brand wines will be better. 86 points.
Teri: This riesling has a light honeysuckle nose with flavors of lemon-honey, apricot, and a little melon. It is on the sweeter side but not too sweet. It would pair well with spicy or Chinese food and is very easy to drink. Great bottle for new wine drinkers or to enjoy with a variety of meals. 89 points for an easy versatile go-to wine.