Review: Gallo Family Vineyards Twin Valley Chardonnay

The good folks at Gallo Family Vineyards (see prior review here) were kind enough to send along a four-pack of mini-bottles of Twin Valley Chardonnay, a non-vintage white that’s as close to a “picnic wine” as you’re likely to find.

Like “summer wine,” the “picnic wine” term comes loaded with baggage. It implies an easy-drinking, unchallenging wine that will go with ham sandwiches, fried chicken, potato salad, or whatever else you’ve got in the pic-a-nick basket. Twin Valley doesn’t really disappoint on this front. It’s a very simple and easy to drink wine, made even simpler by the pint-sized presentation and lack of a cork. The flavor is reminiscent of grape, apple, and some peach/apricot notes, but it honestly doesn’t taste much different than any very young, lightly oaked Chardonnay you’ve ever had. If you want nuance, try elsewhere.

If you’ve got a big picnic ahead, the wine’s also available in standard 750ml bottles (you can find it for 5 bucks) and 1.5 liter big ‘uns (you can find it for 6), too. But there’s just something satisfying about dumping the entire contents of a bottle of wine into a glass and downing it in one sitting. Take it from me: That’s hard to do with a regular bottle.

B- / $6 for four 187ml bottles /

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5 Responses

  1. Sara March 28, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    I opened the Gallo Family Chardonay and it tasted like bug spray. Do they spray their grapes?

  2. Anonymous June 1, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    Amen Sara

  3. Never buy again September 27, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    Taste like piss.

  4. Sammy June 8, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Disgusting taste !

  5. Toby September 9, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Not much taste at all just like drinking yellowish water.

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