While attending my son’s wedding in Austin Texas we had the chance to stop by the hotel bar for a drink. Their house white was a golden colored Chardonnay from the Glass Mountain Vineyard near St. Helena, California. I was surprised to note that the parent company is none other than Markham Vineyards, producers of excellent wines, and among which are some of my favorites. This particular vintage is comprised of 77% Chardonnay, 16% Chenin Blanc, 5% Riesling and 2% Sauvignon Blanc, which gave the wine a nice crispness, probably from the Chenin Blanc and Riesling grapes, and a toastier oak edge from the Chardonnay grapes.
The flavors were mainly those of tropical fruit, crisp apple and pear with just a hint of vanilla and oak. Aromas were very pleasant reminding one of golden apples and fresh melon. There was a nice minerality to it and it finished very clean and smooth. A great choice for an everyday wine and even more so when you consider the low price.
Food Pairing: Pair with poultry, seafood and white fish, creamed based pastas, vegetable soups, light appetizers or just by itself.
Price Range: $6.99-$8.99