Having recently tasted and posted about a Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw white, I thought I’d grab a bottle from the Three Wishes line of wines at Whole Foods – priced suspiciously toe-to-toe with the TJ wines. This is a Chardonnay and the Chuck was a Pinot Grigio. Not the same thing at all. So this can’t be considered a comparison.
Winemaker: Three Wishes (by Concannon for Whole Foods)
Price: $3.29 at Whole Foods
Notes: The color of this inexpensive Chardonnay was – big surprise – yellow. The hue did seem to have more “color value” than most Chardonnays I’ve seen. Well, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be throwing around terms like that. I’m certainly no graphic artist, but I’ve heard them talking about Pantone color, hue, color value, etc. at work. I can’t give you an exact PMS (Pantone Matching System) number for it. Let’s just say it was colorful and cheery to look at. On the nose I caught scents of citrus, honey, white pepper and hints of wildflowers. The body was in the medium range with a bit of a coat-the-tongue feel to it. I thought the acidity was a little low, and the alcohol was at 12.5%. I usually prefer Chardonnays a little drier. On the tongue, I tasted some citrus, oak, honey, white pepper, and green herbs with floral notes. Overall, this wasn’t a terrible cheap white. It wasn’t offensive. Even so, I think it could definitely use some tweaking to get the balance of flavors, acidity and sweetness in sync. But again, it’s $3.29 a bottle. While I wouldn’t personally serve this at a dinner party, you may like it well enough to use it as your house white.