Big Mammas Pinot Grigio

Name: Big Mamma’s Pinot Grigio
Type: White
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Origin: Italy
Year: 2003
Producer: Boutinot Wine Estates
Price: $1.99

Smells like rotting garbage and the flavor is truly, truly disgusting. This is one of the cheapest wines I’ve ever tried (no small feat) and it’s 5 years old which is a long time for a Pinot Grigio to sit on the shelf so that explains the price. Still though, if you see this wine in a store RUN, do not walk, in the other direction as fast as you can. Seriously.

Avia Riesling

Name: Avia Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Slovenia
Year: 2006
Producer: Vinska Klet Goriska BRDA
Price: $3.99

This one is very light yellow and smells like garbage, and maybe a touch of melon. The flavor is so light as to be watery and just ever so slightly sweet and tart. Not much of a flavor to tell the truth. I have not had good luck with the Slovenian Avia wines in general, I think I may avoid the brand moving forward.

Marcus James Riesling

Name: Marcus James Riesling

Type: White

Grape: Riesling

Origin: Argentina

Year: 2007

Producer: Fecovita

Price: $3.99

I have a couple of dueling $4 Rieslings here and this one is light yellow in color and smells of apple. The flavor is semi-sweet and has tart notes of Fuji apple. It isn’t a bad for a super cheap Riesling but it contains virtually nothing of what I love about Rieslings.

Wine 4 All Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Wine 4 All Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Argentina
Year: 2006
Producer: FDL 79232 Prahecq – France
Price: $6.00

A relatively cheap Sauvignon Blanc, this one is straw-colored and has a grassy aroma. The flavor is dry and fairly thin with distinct herbal notes. I expected more honestly. It’s cheap Sauvignon Blanc but not super cheap so I expected a bit of depth and there’s none to be had here.

Hess Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Hess Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2006
Producer: Hess Collection Winery
Price: $12.99

Nice color and grassy aroma. Clean and crisp flavor with melon and herbal notes. It’s more or less what an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc should taste like. Recommended.

Vin de Crete

Name: Vin de Crete
Type: White
Grape: Vilana
Origin: Greece
Year: 2006
Producer: Creta Olympias S.A.
Price: $8.99

I don’t drink too many Grecian wines so this should be a treat. The color is light yellow with a touch of green and a grassy aroma. It’s quite dry and well balanced with subtle fruit and herbal notes. I’d say it’s similar to a dry Riesling. If you like dry whites, this is a tasty one.

Stone Cellars Chardonnay

Name: Stone Cellars Chardonnay
Type: White
Grape: Chardonnay
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2006
Producer: Stone Cellars
Price: $5.00

Light yellow in color and has an aroma of Windex or glue, some kind of chemical I can’t put my finger on. Maybe a dry erase marker, that’s probably it. In any case, it doesn’t smell like wine. Fortunately there’s only a hint of that chemical on the flavor. It’s mostly soft fruit and oak. For a cheap Chardonnay I think it actually has a charming little flavor. Too bad about the aroma, if you can get past that give it a try.

Avia Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Avia Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Slovenia
Year: 2005
Producer: Vinska Klet Goriska BRDA
Price: $3.99

Slovenian wine, don’t see that every day. I only have a general idea of where Slovenia is in the world. It has a pineapple aroma and a crisp, even flavor with just a few off notes. I’m a fan of Sauvignon Blanc anyway but this one is darn near delightful given its rock-bottom price tag.

Blue Fish Riesling

Name: Blue Fish Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2005
Producer: Niederkirchener Weinmacher e.G.
Price: $8.99

Nice straw color and honeyed apricot scent. The flavor doesn’t follow directly AT ALL. First thin and tart, then thin with notes of old citrus. It’s possible that this one is simply over the hill. A relatively dry, mass market Riesling that’s been sitting on the shelf for three years could be done for. My biggest issue with this wine is that the aroma promises a syrupy sweet dessert wine and the flavor delivers a dry, thin disappointment.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Riesling

Name: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2006
Producer: Robert Mondavi
Price: $9.99

Robert Mondavi makes about every type of wine there is. I’ve been out to visit his estate in Napa and it’s very grand. Every wine lover in the U.S. should visit Napa Valley, it’s right here in the U.S. and it’s the center of the wine world here. It’s also the U.S. capital of identity theft, so watch your wallet while you’re there. This Mondavi Riesling is a thin golden color and has an aroma that I could do without. It smells like some composting fruit peels. Luckily the flavor is better. It is relatively sweet and has a dominant apricot flavor that moves into a short finish with chemical off notes. Stick to Germany for great Riesling. That’s not entirely fair to California, but cheap German Riesling is less of a crap shoot in general.