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Viña Los Vascos Chardonnay 2009

by Nannette Eaton on February 7, 2011

“Spare no expense to save money on this one.”  —  Samuel Goldwyn

Wine Harlots don’t like to think that we’re cheap.  We like to think that we are smart shoppers.  Wine Harlots want the biggest bang for the buck.  Thirsty, but thrifty.  We love expensive wines – if someone else is footing the bill.  Triple digits for a wine?  It better be on your expense account, my friend.  If you think like us, Wine Harlots have the answer.  Viña Los Vascos.  If you’re not familiar with Los Vascos, it‘s a Chilean property of the renowned Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).  Even casual wine drinkers know Lafite.  You can have the prestige of one of the most renowned wine houses in the world for a ten-spot.  A sawbuck.  A Hamilton.  And for ten dollars, you’ll be getting a remarkable bottle of wine.  Wine Harlots like to gift Viña Los Vascos, it tastes much more expensive than the price belies.  You can be a big deal without spending big bucks.

The color of Viña Los Vascos Chardonnay is golden, like buttercups, but the flavor isn’t buttery at all.  An elegant wine.  But not stuffy.  The mouth-feel is rich, yet clean with aromas and flavors of green apple and grapefruit with a whisper of minerality.  The perfect pairing is La Jolla Mom’s Linguine with Clams.

The details: 13.5% alcohol.  Synthetic capsule closure.  Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Colchagua Valley and Casablanca Valley in Chile.  Actual retail price ranges from $9-12 USD.  Imported to the USA by Pasternak.  The wine was a media sample generou

sly provided by Pasternak.

The music match is “Buttercups” by Fran Healy from the album Wreckorder.  Whether your budget is long-stem Ecuadorian roses, or limited to buttercups, spare no expense for Viña Los Vascos, no expense account necessary.