le grand noir labelBy request, I am going to start trying to review the wine we're drinking here on the blog. Hopefully it will be helpful to my fellow wine drinkers, and I know it will be helpful to Mark and I (to remember which cheap bottles are worth buying again).

Most recently, I picked up 2005 Le Grand Noir (Black Sheep) Chardonnay-Voignier at (I think...) Randall's. I'm not linking you to their website, because it's atrocious, but the wine itself was very good, especially for $9.99/bottle. It's a 25% viognier to 75% chardonnay mix, which made me a bit skeptical about buying it, since I don't usually like chardonnay, but the voignier seems to take a lot of the nasty oak flavor out of the chardonnay, and resulting mix is quite good. The bottle heralds it as "deliciously different," which I'd say is a fair assessment. It's not the greatest thing ever, but it's certainly worth 10 bucks a bottle. It's pretty simple, given the bizarre blend, and easy to drink. We had it with some appetizers (hummus, veggies, and pita chips), on a hot evening, and it was lovely.

The wine is 13% alcohol by volume and a half bottle gave me no real buzz and had no ill effects the next morning.

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