I seem to have gotten into the horrible habit of publishing quarterly.  My goal for the rest of the year is to post at least monthly.  With the nicer Spring and Summer months here…well, technically here…the Baltimore area was delighted with a snow storm on the first day of Spring…I’m pretty sure the commitment will be reasonable.  So without further ado, let’s get to some wine!

So after a long day of work, more work, the gym, grocery shopping and cooking so I have real food to eat during lunch the rest of the week, I was in dire need of a glass (ok…multiple glasses) of wine.

My fridge is currently in a state of sadness (prior to grocery shopping I had 3/4 of a case of beer – Yuengling’s Chesterfield Ale – some mustard, pickles, almond milk, hot sauce and some questionable celery).  The only redeeming part of that is the economical, yet delicious beer in there.  I’ll have to write about that in a future post.  Anyway…after sitting on the floor in front of the fridge in defeat, I moved over to the wine rack to find something that spoke to me.  Well hello there Chardonnay…don’t mind if I do!  When in doubt, I grab something with the classiest label.  I liked the minimalistic design approach.

After settling on a Chardonnay, I excitedly opened the bottle and took a huge sniff.  The day’s disappointments and struggles magically melted away.  I was instantly greeted with a crisp, clean, mineral based aroma.  The flavors were of crisp pear, apples and just the slightest hint of oak.  I don’t like overly oaked Chardonnays.  Into the second glass I started picking up subtle hints of caramel.  It went quite well with the store brand light butter microwave popcorn that I decided was my late dinner.  It also paired well with tonight’s episode of NCIS.

On a scale of “this tastes like piss” to “oops, I just drank the whole bottle” I would give this a “It’s not entirely what I was in the mood for, but I am thoroughly enjoying it right now.” Would I buy it again?  It’s a definite maybe.

Final Grade: A strong B+  I don’t LOVE it, but I don’t hate it either.  It’s serving the needed purpose right now.  Today I give it an B+.  Other days, probably a B.

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