Wine review: Menage a Trois 2008 White Blend

(Last Updated On: 07/26/2017)

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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