There is nothing better than drinking a glass of my favorite wine while snacking on yummy food during a picnic in beautiful weather. Luckily that is exactly how I spent my Monday. Although I’m a lover of all wines, I have a special place in my heart for Chateau St. Jean winery. I first got hooked on their delicious yet affordable Chardonnay that you can pick up at any grocery store and in a lot of restaurants. You can safely assume that anytime that I see it on the menu I’ll be asking for at least 2 glasses during the timeframe of the meal.
About a year ago I went wine tasting at winery with my mom and boyfriend and made the best slightly tipsy decision of my life: join the wine club. Usually I do not like joining wine clubs as you sometimes get roped into buying wine that you may not life, but this was a no brainer. I have yet to try a wine from this place that I did not love instantly- red, white, even dessert. And the best part of being a wine club member? Free tastings of the classic wines and a huge discount on a tasting of the reserves (aka the good stuff). Needless to say, I capitalized on this perk during our trip to the winery Monday.
White: Being that I love their cheap Chardonnay, I go crazy for their Reserve Chardonnay. If you love smooth buttery Chardonnays as opposed to those that are more crisp, this is fantastic.
Red: I love their 8555 blend. Each year the wine maker takes the best of their reds and create a unique blend. This year available 8555 is 47% Merlot, 19% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 10% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Yeah, I don’t really know what that all means either, but it is delicious.
After wine tasting Matt and I enjoyed a nice picnic (I took my picnic basket on the trip just in case the opportunity presented itself) with salads from my favorite restaurant in town, bottle of cheap chardonnay and the finest plastic wine glasses you can ask for when you forget your own.
Here are a few more pictures of this beautiful winery. If you make a trip to wine country, make sure to stop by to have a picnic of your own!
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