Last Modified: 01/28/13
First Published: 01/28/13
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Fetzer Chardonnay 2011 Review: Like most everything else wine is becoming more expensive. Oregon wines are excellent and come with some rather high price tags. I find myself spending more time perusing the wine section in Trader Joe's, Market of Choice, Safeway and Fred Meyer looking for a quality wine at a price that will not break the budget.
Last Saturday I was in Fred Meyer in Corvallis frustrated that there was little to choose from under $15 a bottle. In fact most good Pinot Noirs were $20 plus a bottle. After spending more time than I had planned I came upon a bottle of Fetzer Chardonnay from California priced under $7. Yes, I made the decision to purchase this Chardonnay.
Much to my surprise and pleasure this Chardonnay was quite good. Moreover when compared to other Chardonnay wines at about double the price there is very little difference in quality, negligible in fact! Fetzer Chardonnay has a hint of Oak with a bit of pear and spice as well. Perhaps not a five star quality but certainly a nice wine with one's meal. We enjoyed our Fetzer Chardonnay with a roasted chicken. No complaints from anyone.
I will purchase another bottle of Fetzer Chardonnay. I rate this wine as "B" overall.
Last Modified: 08/13/12
First Published: 08/22/08
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Five Oaks Vineyards Chardonnay from California is an inexpensive very middle of the road good buy. With the cost of all wines going up this Chardonnay is definitely worth the $3 dollar price tag.
This Chardonnay is a medium body slightly sweet, though not too much, with an impressive finish. It is suprisingly well balanced for such a reasonably priced wine.
This Chardonnay is vinted and bottled by Five Oaks Vineyards, Modesto, California. Give it a try next time your budget is telling you not to spend much on a bottle of wine.
Last Modified: 08/02/12
First Published: 08/02/12
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This bottle of Bridgeview Chardonnay, Vintage 2009, was purchased at Fred Meyer in Corvallis. Since it was on sale for under $8 I decided to go ahead and try this Chardonnay against my better judgment. Approximately a year ago I bought a bottle of Bridgeview Pinot Noir and was very disappointed.
Well, we typically attend an outdoor music concert on Tuesday evenings and decided to bring along this Chardonnay to have with our picnic supper. Regrettably there is nothing positive I can say about the experience with Bridgeview Chardonnay. This wine is a lightweight when compared to some very good Chardonnay's such as Tyee Wine Cellars, Namaste Vineyards and or Eola Hills Reserve Chardonnay.
Bridgeview is at best equivalent to Charles Shaw Chardonnay for $2.49 which one can purchase at Trader Joe's. Bridegview Chardonnay is rather bland. Nothing specific comes to mind that would compel me to purchase another bottle.
Therefore I rate this wine as "D", poor! Purchase the Charles Shaw instead if you want to have a $2.49 wine that will not be a budget buster. Do not pay more for a bottle of Bridgeview and be disappointed!