Alternatives to French wine:
France has had a string of challenges as Mother Nature has not cooperated. If you are looking for a French alternative you may wish to buy these alternatives.
Columbia Crest – Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills H3 – Washington
Rated 91 points around $15
Nice wine – personal note and we buy frequently – nice plum and sage flavors with a nice finish
MontGras – Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley Chile
Rated 91 points around $19
Have not tried this wine for a few years
Chateau Ste Michelle – Cabernet Sauvignon – Washington
Rated 90 points around $15
A balanced wine with cherry and raspberry flavors with a hint of pepper
Produced in Northern France in Burgundy from the Chardonnay grape. Chardonnay without all the oak and butter.
Chateau Ste Michelle – Chardonnay – Washington
Rated 89 points around $11
On the lighter side with a lemon and spice
Charles Smith Chardonnay – Washington
Rated 89 points around $12
Apple pear flavors with a nice finish
Kunde Estate – Chardonnay – Sonoma Valley
Rated 88 points around $18
Tangerine and nectarine with nice acidity with a touch of apple and peach on finish
A to Z Wineworks – Chardonnay Oregon
Rated 87 points around $14
Crisp with pear and citrus flavors
Berzinger Chardonnay – Sonoma
Rated 87 points around $16
Add a little zing with grapefruit and tangerine flavors – nice finish
Made from Pinot Noir and considered one of the best wines in the world. Usually contain lovely cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors with complexity and spice.
New Zealand makes some lovely Pinot and good prices but since I seldom see them on my shopping trips I will not be discussing them in this blog.
Castle Rock – Pinot Noir – Oregon
Rated 89 points around $14
We like this wine – it has cherry and spice nice tannins
Duck Pond – Pinot Noir – Oregon
Rated 89 points around $20
Dark berry and plum flavors with a nice structure
Earth – Pinot Noir Oregon
Rated 89 points around $19
The tannins will show in this wine featuring blackberry and cream flavors.