After the Costco CNBC special I posted about our House Cabernet, 14 Hands. Today I thought I would offer up our house Chardonnay, but first, a story. One day I was in our local Costco (surprise, surprise) and as I passed through the wine cases a Chardonnay caught my eye, primarily due to price. It was around $6 and came from California. It was basically a white label with a colorful painted portion near the top. Of course I purchased a bottle and took it home to give it a whirl.
The flavor was light with a very, very slight underlying sweetness to balance the acidity and with a floral ester (do winos call them esters?) coupled with hints of pineapple and peach and a nice oak finish. It is not overwhelming, but also does not fail to deliver. The wine was Meridian Chardonnay and since that day it has been our house white based on the nice flavor and the excellent price. It would never bore anyone to tears and it also would never overpower any mean, nor does it have so much oak you could not just sit around and enjoy. Now the days of 6 bean MC at Costco are long gone, but if you search around the bargains can still be had. Most of the time at Lowes Foods they will stick it on sale and it will be less than $7, otherwise it generally runs $10. Total Wine has it everyday in NC for $6.97, but on occasion they will put out coupons for it at $5.97. One thing to keep in mind is any wine ending in seven (7) at Total Wine is not eligible for any further discounts or case discounts. What I find interesting is the standard price for MC in the VA Total Wine stores is $5.97 so when the stocks get low and I find myself in VA I’ll swing by and pick up a few bottles.
If you haven’t tried Meridian Chardonnay, pick up a bottle and give it a whirl. For a sub-seven dollar price point Chardonnay it certainly scratches the itch and is why it is one of our house whites.