A very pleasant wine at a very pleasant price: easy to drink, pairing with a surprising number of food flavors.  Beginning with a white plum aroma, the wine is lightly fruity on the palate with an undercurrent of crisp chalkiness.  A respectable amount of acidity provides balance throughout.  Try it as an aperitif wine, with vegetarian as well as meat meals, and even with subtle lemon cookies for dessert.  Great for casual meals. Highly Recommended. (90). BSE

WHO: Pepi
WHAT: 66% Chenin Blanc, 34%Viognier
WHERE: Clarksburg and Central Valley
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $10 (media sample)


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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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