Dionysos Fileri Demi-Sec 2009

Total Wine & More, $9.99

Aaron:  I enjoyed the bright, crisp smell of citrus and apple and the smooth flavor of mild pear with some butter.  I also detected cream and sugar which were nice but this was a little light and dissipated too quickly; after a while the flavor became slightly bitter.  87 points

Teri: An easy to drink wine for non-wine drinkers. With its citrus semi-sweet smell of pear and green apple this white would also pair well with seafood, salads, or even a heavy meal. Incredibly smooth and full flavors of orange, pear, and butterscotch make it delicious from start to finish. 92 points


Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs 2006

Cost Plus World Market, $12.99

Aaron:  I doubt most people (speaking specifically to our readers) will like this wine.  The smell was dry and fruity but the taste was a desert (on a dry-ness scale).  Peach and golden apple flavors were coupled with nice bubbles and the taste overall was decent but I might look for something different.  88 points

Teri: This was a very easy to drink sparkling wine. The lemon/cantaloupe smell gave way to a light tropical and dry taste with nodes of pineapple, more cantaloupe, and citrus flavors. This light and dry sparkling wine would go well with spicy dishes.  90 points

Kirkland Champagne Brut NV

Costco Wholesale, $19.99

Aaron:  The smell was mild with a hint of green apple and the flavor was light bodied and dry but featured a smooth finish.  This champagne had a lot of white cranberries, giving it a slight tartness but the swallow was still smooth.  88 points

Teri: Great smell on this champagne–peach and apple. The flavor is not too dry with lots of apple from first taste to last swallow. There is even a hit of cranberry and pear on the finish. A excellent middle of the road champagne 90 points

La Difference Viognier-Muscat 2010

Total Wine & More, $7.99

Aaron:  Smell: not great … flavor nice … overall – try it.  The smell was bitter, earthy and generally unpleasant however if you can breath through your mouth, hold out for the relatively full flavor of this creamy, fruity white.  I noticed mango, pineapple and a distinct lack of sweetness (surprising for a muscat blend).  I enjoyed the long finish and felt this was not bad for a voignier-muscat blend.  90 points

Teri:  Containing a tropical smell with some oak this white French blend is pleasant to drink. A medium body of apricot, papaya, and pineapple flavors this wine bends together some strong tropical fruits that flows into an oaky smooth finish. I feel it may need to decant for a bit to loosen up but the unique flavors for a white blend make this a great bottle and interesting to drink. 90 points