This is the absolute essence of what Chenin blanc should be—racy with a core of minerality. I wasn’t familiar with this producer until I wrote about another great Chenin blanc from Dry Creek. Through some dialog on the post, I met one of the founders of Picnic Wine Company, Zach Bryant, and he graciously offered up a sample of this wonderful juice.
Zach certainly knows his stuff when it comes to wine—he grew up in Napa Valley and has lived and worked in five different countries learning about wine and consults directly for a winery on Pritchard Hill, in St. Helena, CA. He founded Picnic Wine Co. with his close friends Jeff Anderson and Grant Hemingway in 2010. They are obviously off to a good start with their venture. This “Blue Plate” Chenin blanc was simply spectacular—crisp, inviting and refreshing, with a good dose of peach, lemon and cantaloupe. This could possibly be this year’s best buy. And as with most Chenin blanc, its vibrant acidity makes it a versatile wine with many pairing possibilities—Penne with butternut squash and goat cheese comes to mind.
Rating: Very Good (88) | $11 | 11.9% ABV