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Monday, April 23, 2007

Mezza Corona Chardonnay 2005

"Italian Chardonnay" isn't a phrase that immediately comes to mind -- at least not to me-- where wine is concerned. Part of the reason for that is that Italian wines are usually named for the regions from which they come rather than for the grapes from which they are made. And who associates Chardonnay with Italy anyway? Chianti, Barolo, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, sure -- but Chardonnay?

Mezza Corona has figured something out that many European companies haven't: If you want to sell wine to the huge American market, give it a recognizable name and a familiar taste. Their Chardonnay is a mouthfilling drink with flavors of ripe apple and pear, with a little oak vanilla. It really is delicious, quaffable, and well worth its $7 (!) price.
M. Zane Grey, 8:32 PM