Look! What's on Tap? House Wine Chardonnay (Original tasting date: 10/24/18)

We’ve been reviewing a lot of red wines recently, let’s try our hand at a nice Chardonnay! Specifically, we will be tasting the House Wine Chardonnay. House Wine is known for its easy-going branding, as well as its minimalistic (yet oh so appealing) packaging style. But what ultimately matters is: how does the Chardonnay taste?

The Set-Up

We chose to pair the House Wine Chardonnay with our tried-and-true pairing lunch: paninis and salads! Light flavors with just a touch of acidity from the salad dressing. A great start for a mystery white wine flavor.

The Tasting

 The aroma was noticeably bright right away. Fruity notes dominated. It may also be noteworthy that this Chardonnay is a pale yellow color, more akin to what you’d expect from a Pinot Grigio.

As for the taste:

Kim: It was a great sip with lunch, not heavy or overly oaky. It has a nice balance of sweet and tart, and it’s easy going down.

Cindy: Very smooth flavor. It’s slightly buttery, but clean. Not rich. 

Kim: It could handle some heavier foods well, maybe a salty shrimp scampi?

Cindy: Yes. That or a white sauce fettuccine dish would be great!

How Do We Compare?

 The House Wine Chardonnay has this handy description on the back of their 3 liter box, “Fragrant aromas of peach, nectarine, and pineapple lead to a wonderfully flavored palate. Baked apple notes marry with toasty, integrated oak rounded out by a clean, balanced finish.” Fruits abound! This wine is definitely fruit forward, and it shows. It’s pleasant and simple, on brand for House Wine.

Final Thoughts 

  • Fruity notes of pineapple, peach, and nectarine lend this wine a sweet-yet-tart flavor.
  • This wine would pair well with seafood and white sauce based pasta dishes.
  • A casual and fun wine, it is perfect for relaxed occasions.
  • Overall, we would give this 3 out of 5 Taps.
– lindyn snider