Wine review: Menage a Trois 2008 White Blend

This brand has gotten HUGELY popular in the past few years, mainly by releasing sweeter, less complex wines for the masses. Unabashed in their promotion and their choice of tropical-tasting, fragrant grapes, the winemakers at Folie à Deux (the producer) have struck a chord — with seemingly everyone from critics to consumers in this Juicy Fruit Gum-like white wine.

A blend of three grapes, this full-bodied menage à trois (get it — a blend of three grapes?) bears the naked, upfront fruitiness of musky Muscat (aka Moscato in Italy), the richness and structure of Chardonnay and a dash of earthiness from Chenin Blanc. Best quaffed rather than analyzed since it lacks much acidity, it’s opulent and decidedly not a wine geek wine. It has tropical flavors like pineapple, coconut and honeysuckle with a dash of citrus. It’s pretty much as close to a frozen, beach liquor drink you could find in a wine bottle. An absolutely perfect wine for those just entering the wine realms.

Sweetness: 4 out of 10
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Price: $10 – $14
Occasion: Tasted at a holiday party.
Availability: Grocery stores and big-box stores.

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