I’ve been living (and working) in the California Wine Country now for eight years, and it only just recently dawned on me that you don’t see a lot of white wine blends.
I think part of the reason that didn’t occur to me sooner is due to the fact that I used to be a “red only” wine drinker. Unlike Meredith and Lou, I don’t have a very good palate, but I do love to feel the texture of a wine on my tongue, and you often find more of that kind of mouth-feel with a red wine.
But since we launched the Crush Collection, I’ve switched things up. Now I almost never drink red wines, and I’m having so much fun exploring whites, rosés, and sparkling wines. And to my total surprise, there are some white wines out there that have texture, too — which has been so much fun for me to explore!
You’d be shocked if you saw how many wines Mere & Lou consider before they make their final picks for each Crush Collection.And whenever we have a tasting day, I always pour myself a small glass of one of the whites they are considering. Sometimes there are Chardonnays and Sauav Blancs that winemakers have asked us to consider, and because I know more about those two wines, I typically start myself off with one of those.
But in recent months, some super interesting white blends have been up for consideration. There was this Chenin Blanc + Viognier that was a standout wine for me, and then there was a wine we featured March Crush Collection that was a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, and Pinot Gris — which was so darn delicious! So when Mere & Lou discovered this Beau Vigne Bordeaux Blanc for the May Crush Collection, I think I might’ve already been smitten with the idea of another white blend.
I like to leave all of the learning and clarification stuff to Mere & Lou — and there are other posts about this wine you can check out. But for me, knowing that this wine is based off of the way they make white wine in Bordeaux makes it a wine that holds a sense of legacy, yet it has this quintessential California spin to it that makes you feel like you’re sipping on a mouthful of sunshine!
If you’re like me, and it’s taken you a minute to find a reason to shift from reds into whites, you should know you’re in good company. I think lots of people are like us, and it’s OK. But I’d like to make a suggestion:
Take some time to drop-in and experience this Bordeaux Blanc.
For me, it helped me break away from some of my long-held stereotypes about white wines, and in this bottle of wine, there is a sense of place and an absolute feeling of the California Wine Country in every sip!