Big House White Blend 2008
Other White Blends from Central Coast, California
A blend of 56% Malvasia Bianca, 22% Muscat Canelli, 18% Viognierand 4% Rousanne.
Big House wines are a rebellious mix of nontraditional grape varieties destined to give the imbiber a new experience. This year's tipple is reminiscent of the Franco-Italian battle for the '06 FIFA World Cup. The flamboyant Italians represented by Malvasia and Muscat Canelli and the much more austere and serious French led by Viognier and Rousanne.
Wine Enthusiast - "Continues the solid trend of this label producing some of the best values in California. Dry, crisp and delicious, with mineralinfused flavors of oranges, honeysuckle and buttered toast. A blend of Malvasia Bianca, Muscat Canelli, Viognier and Roussanne."
Big House Winery
The Big House wines were born of the notion that the California climate is quite hospitable to the rollicking, sun loving grapes of Mediterranean France, Italy and Spain. Big House has found that by blending, rather than relying upon a single variety, they can create far more complex, rich wines that elegantly match a very wide variety of cuisine, from pizza, to BBQ ribs to roast chicken. View all Big House Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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8 ratings, 6 with reviewsAndrew Parks - New York, NY18/20/2010Joe Harbison - Columbus, OH310/10/2010jeff b - Southampton, PA14/26/2010This was like drinking water from a vase. Undrinkable...really!Ended up using the last two bottles for cooking...even the pasta complained!jennifer - Old Lyme, CT512/29/2009semillion, sauncerre., spellcheck is not my friend.22/26/2010Some people may really like this wine (especially, for the price), but the floral notes were so strong it almost felt as if I was drinking perfume! That makes it almost impossible to drink with most foods, so perhaps, have it afterwards, as a dessert wine.Curt Pangracs - Leavenworth, KS312/16/2009A great value this wine. For less than $10 you get a wine that is sturdy enough to stand-up to food, yet delicate enough to sip alone.robert leonard - Girard, PA412/9/2009This wine was a great effort in crafting a blend that is spot on A must try ,perfect balance !jennifer - Old Lyme, CT512/29/2009what is more fun than trying to figure out a wine? Semellion? chardonnay? sauncerre? whether one can spell or not ( I'll go with not), one can still be intelligent, and you will love this wine. For the price it is more fun than an Acacia or Stag's Leap.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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