Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $13
Aaron: This was a great bottle, especially for the price. If you want a nice easy going white that is flexible but still enjoyable, go to lot 18 and get this one. The nose was banana-walnut bread with cantaloupe and sparkling vinegar on the flavor. There was also white cherries and butter in the background of this full white. 91 points
Teri: I feel the bottle would pair well with fresh salads and creamy chicken. It has a sweet floral nose and smooth easy taste of cantaloupe, bell pepper, citrus and a hint of oak on the finish. Crisp and clean. Nothing stands out which is extraordinary, but it is enjoyable. 87 points
Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17
Aaron: This gets points as a good mixing prosecco but not as a great wine. I smelled smoked honey and white eucalyptus but the flavor was light without much going on. There was a little watery green fruit like honeydew but ultimately this was just bland. 88 points for mimosas; 83 for wine.
Teri: Light nose and very mild taste which, if anything, resembles walnuts and some mineral. Extremely dry! Good for mixing but I wouldn’t consider this to drink by itself. 84 points
Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $15
Aaron: Nectarine and apricots flooded the nose while the flavor was mildly tart – though not in a harsh way. The lingering finish reminded me of purple violets and apple cider vinegar. This wasn’t anything special but was a nice crisp white for summer. 88 points
Teri: Smooth flavors of stone fruits (apricots and nectarines) with a hint of mineral, close to granite. I enjoyed the smell of apricot on the nose and the smooth finish. Tasty and delicious. 90 points
Total Wine & More, $19.99
Aaron: A wet oak nose reminded me of what old-world wines should smell like. This was rounded out with a somewhat thin tar and blueberry. The flavor was pretty dry with moderate tannins. Tree bark and earthy notes dominated with a hint of strawberry encompassing the backdrop. 89 points
Teri: Oaky blueberries on the nose and an overall hearty wine but easy drinking. Medium and noticeable tannins with flavors of juniper berries, tannic raspberries, and white pepper. Hearty, flavorful and better with food. This bottle would stand up to heavy meals. 89 points
Purchased from World Market, $12.99
Total Wine & More, $8.79
Aaron: This is basically sparkling cranberry juice. Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice. There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all. It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun. 82 points
Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.