MATT'S WINE NOT! BAREFOOT CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY

Well dear reader it's been a while! Have I been busy? No. Gone on some exotic trip with my wife? No. Have I been lazy? Yes. But let's not let that get in the way of wine reviews any longer!

As I noted in one of my previous columns, most whites tend to share many many qualities and tastes, and this one is no exception. That isn't a bad thing per se it's just...well, it is what it is (or it just shows that my taste buds have not progressed too far yet).

The label notes that their wine (which has won some sort of critic's gold medal - it's right on the bottle, they want you to know this!) is "...bursting with flavours of green apples, ripe peaches and a hint of honey."

This comes to us from California and is produced by the Ernest and Julio Gallo Vineyards of the Ernest and Julio Gallo fame. ...indeed! With a synthetic cork, a light pale yellow fills the glass and strikes the sniffer with a light, fruity nose.

Upon first slug, it presents an apple-y (is that a word?) taste that is sweet, yet the wine itself is dry - it does make sense, try it and you'll know what I mean! With a good solid kick in the booze department, Barefoot is not bare in the body department, leaving you satisfied after putting a few of these down the hatch.

A very good affordable white and, along with the other chardonnay I have reviewed earlier, is surely worth having on hand chilled for when friends or loafers arrive at your door without prior notice.

*** out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$8.95 (US$8.10).

From LCBO.com:

BAREFOOT CELLARS CHARDONNAY, 750 mL bottle
LCBO #97121
Wine, White Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 1
Made in: California
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery

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