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Last week was my birthday but as I was away for a weekend break in Amsterdam, last night 2 of my best friends took me out for a meal as some belated celebrations. It was my choice to chose and after some pretty expensive and interesting choices for their birthdays I chose a simple Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant for our evening out. Normally I am boring and will have juice with my dinner, but feeling all upbeat I decided to go on the wild side and order the a glass of the house wine. Not wanting to let the moment end after dinner, we went to a pub down the road and the 3 of us shares this bottle of Blossom Hill Chardonnay.
Blossom Hill is a Californian brand and Chardonnay variety of wine is generally as it is made from the green grape variety to make the wine. I am not a big know-it-all on all the wine differences but this is something my friend taught me yesterday! So on this basis I liked this variety a lot and would probably stick to it in future should someone actually ask me lol.
The bottle is a usual 75cl glass wine bottle with a label on the front with the Blossom Hill logo on it. It has a screw top lid, that once opened there is a strong aroma of the wine that can be appreciated and it isn't too sickly or alcohol smelling so as to be off putting. Pouring it, it flows into the glass effortlessly and doesn't look like a cheap variety of wine like some I have had before.
The wine itself is quite full and fruity,and has a soft taste I don't usually find in wine. It has a nice fruity taste compared to the wine I drank with my dinner, I felt this was more drinkable and refreshing. It is really delicious and so the temptation can be there to drink it quite quickly - HOWEVER I advise you not to! It may have a label of 12.5% ABV but I backed about 2 glasses and found myself dancing around to rihanna quite merrily and for everyone to see lol. So my advice is, as nice as this is, pace yourself and drink in moderation!
Overall, I really like this variety of Chardonnay and were I having the girls over for dinner or something I would definitely buy this again. It costs in the pub a tenner but can be picked up in the supermarkets for £4-£6 from what I have seen so it is good value and a lovely drink!
WHAT IS IT?
A Chardonnay made by Blossom Hill.
This is one of my favourite Chardonnays because it is so fresh and crisp. It is very fruity and tastes of apples as well as having a sharper citrus flavour that I can taste mainly as I am swallowing but this is also visible slightly when I have the wine in my mouth. It has got a very full flavour that tastes delicious and is very refreshing, I like to drink this Chardonnay mostly in the summer because it is a nice drink to sit in the garden with but it is just as nice in the colder months. I like adding lemonade or tonic water to make it into a long spritzer, they serve this wine at the bar I use most often and when I am the designated driver I have two spritzers to keep myself under the limit but still allowing myself a tasty drink.
WHAT I THINK
This wine is one that is not expensive to buy but tastes like it should cost a lot more. I always offer it when I am holding a dinner party because it is so pleasant to drink and is one that most white wine drinkers will appreciate. I like how sweet this wine is and because of this it compliments most foods but is specially good with fish and spicy food like the Chinese curry my husband makes regularly for our guests. I add it to food when a recipe calls for white wine sometimes but you need to watch out because the sweetness and citrus flavour can change the taste of a recipe unless there are other stronger ingredients added as well.
Blossom Hill Chardonnay is very easy to drink because of how nice it tastes, I buy the normal size wine bottles and also buy smaller 25cl bottles to help me keep track of how much I am drinking. This Chardonnay keeps fresh for longer than average once the bottle has been opened but I try not to keep it for too long because like any wine it starts going stale once the seal on the bottom is broken.
It doesn't give me a headache if I drink too much but is a wine that makes me feel quite sleepy after two or three glasses so I choose other brands mostly if I am out because of this.
Blossom Hill Chardonnay has got an alcohol content of 13.5%.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I recently reviewed an Echo Falls wine, and now I turn my attention to Blossom Hill, a slightly more up-market, but still 'middle of the road' wine brand operating in the UK. Chardonnay is a medium bodied variety of wine (we serve it as out 'house wine' at work) and the Blossom Hill version is a particular I drink quite often as it always seems to be on offer in the shops - and I know I can always trust it to offer a nice (but not too nice) taste with a low ABV to match.
The wine has a softness to its taste and smell totally befitting of the brand name. A subtle mixture of predominantly British grown fruits - apples and pears - seep into your taste-buds, backed up by an array of more tropical flavourings. Citrusy, partially, but mainly those apples and pears form the basis for the taste and smell. I like it, it's not too over-whelming or strong, just the bright blend at just the right consistency to maintain that 'medium-body' I mentioned earlier. Too much of either of the fruit ingredients and your moving into either sweet, or dry territory, consisting of other wines - the Pinot Grigio and the Sauvignon Blanc (to name two also produced by Blossom Hill).
At just 9.75% ABV (alcoholic content), this Chardonnay is relatively light and won't get you drunk anywhere near as quickly as 12% wines also on the market. One bottle of this is enough for a nice night in, and two is enough for a heavier night out. If you do drink large quantities however, I advise sticking to this and this only as mixing your drinks can be lethal - and by that I mean it gets you so animated you could quite easily do something daft, cause some damage, etc.
A middle of the road, medium, standard tasting wine with not a lot of kick and not an abundance of flavour. Nice for a quiet evening in, and cheap enough to be bought on a regular basis (prices below). Blossom Hill's range is extensive, covering all the standard wines (from your Merlot to your Pinot, your Zinfandel to your Sauvignon). I like the brand and I like the wine - but not a drink for special occasions or to be purchased as a gift (much the same as Echo Falls - though slightly better).
Tip: Blossom Hill have a nice website, simply laid out with all the information you need to make the best buying decision. There are links to each wine type, divided into categories for Rose, White and Red. There is information, but no prices!
UNITS: 9.75 ABV
PRICE: £6.39 (per 75Cl bottle)
AVAILABILITY: Tesco.com (for price above) stores nation-wide.
I would certainly never describe myself as a wine buff, I know what I like and I guess my palate is not very refined because lots of people look down their noses at Chardonnay wines but I like them and Blosom Hill is one of those varieties that I know I can rely on. I prefer white wine to red wine, red wines I find to be too dry and they often leave me with a bit of a headache while I do not get the same problem when I have a glass of white wine.
I tend to wait until I see wine on special offer before I buy it and recently Sainsbury's have had a wide range of wines on half price so I stocked up while I had the chance and purchased a couple of bottles of this Chardonnay from Blossom Hill for £3.99 a bottle.
It has a pale yellow colour and a fresh sharp aroma to it when poured from the bottle, I tend to serve it chilled from the fridge rather than at room temperature. As is the case with most wines these days it is a screw top bottle which means it is easy to reseal and use again if you do not get through the bottle in one go. While the day after it is perfectly ok it is never as nice a day later compared with the taste when it has just be opened, it is a bit sharper the day after in my opinion.
Chardonnay wines are a blend of different grapes and Blossom Hill hails from California, it has a sharp fresh taste to it, according to the label it is meant to combine apple and melon flavours but I could not detect either, all I know is that it has a slight trace of sweetness to it, I'm not saying that it is a sweet wine just that it is quite a mellow and light tasting wine.
I tend to eat vegetarian food with the odd bit of fish every now and again and this wine goes well with pasta dishes and also fish dishes although most of the time I drink it on its own without food, after our meal and when I want to wind down with a good book. It is very affordable and I have never had a bad bottle. It is not for the wine snobs I'm sure but I enjoy it and know it is a wine that I can rely upon.
I absolutely love white wine of all varieties. I seem to go through periods of drinking wine regularly and then not fancying it for months and months favouring beer or lager, but at the minute I am going through a major wine stage!
I only drink white. I find red too harsh and it stains your tongue red leaving bits of grape debris on it! I had never even heard of rose wine until I was over 18 and the first time I heard it mentioned I was unsure of whether or not the person was joking! Rose wine tastes like juice and I find it difficult to stop myself knocking it back like it is juice as well! I have had less than 5 bottles of red and less than 5 bottles of rose in my whole life - I've probably had closer to the 2 bottles of each mark ever! I don't really believe in red or rose wine, being unable to see what other people see in them!
~ Price and availability ~
I went out for my latest wine purchase on Friday night and managed to buy this Blossom Hill Chardonnay as part of a 3 for £10 offer at my local shop. I chose 2 different bottles of wine as well, which were enjoyed on Friday and Saturday night and this, the third bottle is being enjoyed tonight!
It is currently available in Asda for £5.50 and is available in most supermarkets and off licences. I have seen it for over £6.00, but usually buy it when it's on offer.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is a standard 75cl symmetrical glass bottle with a label on the front with the Blossom Hill logo on which is a simple deisgn of a hill with blossom on the top and the bottle is clearly marked Chardonnay. It comes with a handy black screw cap and has the letters 'BH' on the top of the bottle.
~ About Blossom Hill ~
Blossom Hill is a Californian brand that produces a large variety of wines from a variety of different grapes. It claims to be the UK's number 1 wine brand. It is a brand of Diageo, which is a British multinational alcoholic beverages company and the world's largest producer of spirits and a major producer or beer and wines (producing Smirnoff, Bailey's and Guinness to name a few).
~ Taste ~
The wine smells and tastes beautiful. It is supposed to have ripe melon and apple aromas with a hint of vanilla. It does smell fruity, but I personally am unable to pick out melon or apple aromas. It tastes lovely - fruity and refreshing, with a bitter kick that hits you on the back of the tongue leaving your mouth watering and thirsty for more.
It is so tasty and delicious. I savour every sip! I really do love this wine and would recommend it to anyone who likes tasty and delicious drinks!
It is 12.5% alcohol. I usually only drink half to three quarters of a bottle as I tend to share with my other half so have never got drunk or had a hangover from it, but like most alcoholic drinks it does dehydrate you.
~ Overall ~
Overall this is a beautiful chardonnay. Delicious, fruity and refreshing, I would recommend it. It is not too expensive either and getting it on a 3 for £10 deal (which seem to be becoming increasingly difficult to find) is always a bonus!
By far my favourite colour of wine is white, I do love a nice pink during the summer and a red if I'm having something heavy to eat but white is my favourite. I can drink this on its own if I am out in a bar or with most foods. I think when I was younger white wine is what I started drinking and experimenting with so it's what I grew to love and enjoy.
I enjoy different variations of white and one of my favourites is a Chardonnay. I'm not the most sophisticated wine drinker but I know what I like and this Chardonnay from Blossom Hill is delicious.
As you might have seen in my previous reviews I am half Californian and I love to drink wines from this region. Blossom Hill is a winery from California so this is why I probably stay quite loyal to this brand. According to an article I read, "Blossom Hill offers some of the best known wines from California. Their range stems from their classic blends to The signature range and offers a wine for almost all occasions. In recent years they have become one of the UK's best known wine brands through heavy promotion in supermarkets.
This wine is quite light in colour and is described as ripe melon and apple aromas with a hint of smooth vanilla. I can never smell or detect the flavours and ingredients wines are supposed to have. What I do know is that this is very refreshing, especially served very cold, is easy to drink as it does not have a sharp aftertaste and is definitely a Chardonnay I recommend.
"Blossom Hill" is one of a new breed of wines in more ways that one. Firstly, it is a New World wine - whilst now being very fashionable, up until recent years they were snubbed by wine critics and labelled as inferior to European wines, notably from France and Italy. Secondly, it is becoming established as a wine brand name. This actually might strike you as being quite strange seeing as our society has been busy branding everything in sight since the power of the consumer was first recognised, but branding wines is a very recent phenomenon. Wines used to be labelled with fancy names and technical descriptions, shelved by region and would seemingly change every time you went to buy another bottle - one very good reason why wines had an elitist air about them, and why a lot of people were too intimidated to buy them. The rise of the branded wine and the less intimidating New World selection has a lot to answer for in terms of the growing popularity of wine drinking. The Blossom Hill range covers several different styles of wine, but this review concerns itself with the Californian Chardonnay. Californian wines are nothing new - vines have been cultivated in the region since the late 1700s - but it is only since the late 1970s that the industry has really taken off in this region. Prior to this, the local vines were hit by a series of disasters in the form of disease, prohibition and the Second World War. Its present incarnation began life around 1950, growing steadily at first and then increasing as demand grew. Blossom Hill Chardonnay grapes are grown from vines that are a combination of European and local American varieties grafted together to produce high quality fruit that avoids the disease that brought so much destruction to Californian vineyards in the past. - What is Chardonnay? Other than a running joke, you mean? The image of chardonnay has suffered of late, not least because of the Bridget Jones style "cha
rdonnay girl" - it has even become popular amongst certain sets to order "white wine, ABC" (Anything But Chardonnay). To be honest, I think this is all a little unfair. Whatever associations chardonnay may have with fictional characters, I think it is a wonderful type of wine, and certainly one of my favourites. And I am not alone in this thought, either: chardonnay is still the most popular type of white wine available. Chardonnay comes from one of the best quality European grapes, and is one of the few grape varieties that does not require blending when it is made into wine. It has very complex flavours and can vary quite widely in taste, one reason why it remains so popular. It is always a dry white wine, usually very fruity and full-bodied in flavour, and is often left to age in oak barrels, as this benefits the taste of the wine. Like most wine it varies a lot in price, but unlike some, good varieties are available in affordable bottles. I suppose the other thing that scares people slightly about wine is choosing what sort of food it should be "correctly" served with. In regard to chardonnay, the "wine rules" tell us that white wines should be served with fish and fowl, that fuller flavoured wines go best with fuller flavoured dishes, and you should consider wine reaction when selecting which wines go with which food. By wine reaction, what I mean is that wines taste differently when drunk by themselves that they do when drunk with food - for example, slightly sweet foods make a wine taste drier than it is. To be honest though, I think something like this wine goes just as well with white meat (which is technically wrong) as it does with correct foods such as garlic and fish. I would draw the line at having chardonnay with a steak, though! - Blossom Hill Chardonnay They say: " This balanced wine with aromas of ripe apples and pears is blended perfectly with subtle oak tones
and a creamy finish". (Bottle Label). I will admit from the off that although I like both sweet and dry white wines, I do tend to prefer the drier end of the scale. Blossom Hill chardonnay is a good, dry white, but not the driest I have ever had - but that is not entirely a bad thing. I know a lot of people may disagree with me on this, but I think wines can get too dry at times. It is a medium golden colour in appearance, and has a distinctive strong, fruity aroma that hits you as soon as the cork is out of the bottle. In terms of taste, it is very full bodied and flavoursome, and I can certainly pick up on the apples in the flavour, although I am struggling to find those elusive pears! I'll have to disagree on the creamy finish - whenever I have drunk Blossom Hill chardonnay, I get a quite powerful oak flavours in the aftertaste (which comes from the aging in oak barrels) and certainly not anything I would recognise as creamy. Having said that though, the result is a very pleasing and complex combination when drunk alone, and it goes well with most foods that I have tried it with (I especially love it when drunk with foods containing garlic). I have always felt chardonnay to be a very summery wine, and this is no exception. I should also mention that Blossom Hill chardonnay is quite strong in alcohol content as well as flavour. It comes in at 13.5% volume, and I find just two glasses leave me felling rather tipsy, even when drunk with a meal. Once uncorked I personally find that it does not keep terribly well overnight, so perhaps this is one for sharing - or for getting exceedingly boozy on! A bottle contains 75cl of wine, is widely available in supermarkets and off licenses, and will set you back around £4.50. So do I recommend this wine? Well, it is not quite the best chardonnay I have ever drunk - but it is far from the worst. If you like full flavoured dry whites, you could do a lot worse than this o
ne in my opinion. I feel happy to recommend it. - Details Vinted and bottled by Blossom Hill Winery, California, USA. Imported to the UK by The Blossom Hill Company, 8 Henrietta Place, London. Unfortunately, Blossom Hill do not have a company website. However, you may like to visit: A good plain English guide to combining wines with food: http://www.northshoredining.com/wineguide.html More about Californian wines: http://www.foodandwine.net/wine/wine0029.htm
Several weeks ago I was going through a few opinions on both Dooyoo and Ciao on White Wines. I came across one on both sites about Blossom Hill Chardonnay and although the particular reviewer was a little critical of the wine, it seemed to fit my liking pretty well. (BB hope you're reading) I regularly place a mixed case order (12 bottles) with Virgin Wines primarily because they offer you the utmost choice and cover over a thousand different brands and types of wines. Their prices are also excellent aswell as delivery. So in my last order I included a bottle of this, alongwith my usual selection of wines. Now lets get back to the wine in question. Blossom Hill Chardonnay is a Californian wine and one the reasons why I decided to try this one out was because of my past favourable experiences with another Californian wine by Paul Masson. I just love their Chablis and drink it till this day. First the price. At just £4.99 for the 70cl. bottle this wine is very reasonably priced. I always try and keep my limit to around £6.00 for any wine that I purchase. The alcoholic content is 12.5% by volume, which is around the standard level for most wines. The bottle is a transparent clear colour and the label is very impressive. It looks like an old fashioned type of label with lots of italic lettering. The colour of the wine can be seen very clearly and its a limish green type type of colour The year that I received was 2000 and I presume that this must be the current batch presently in the system. As the makers say this wine has a distinctive fruit flavour of ripe apples and pears included with the standard white Californian grapes. Certainly you can feel the fruit as it tastes slightly different from your usual straight forward wine. The makers also emphasize that it is blended with subtle oak tones in order to provide that fruity finish. Again you can most certainly get the woody taste to it and this is what I just l
ove in my wine. As with all white wines you must serve it chilled. The makers recommend lightly chilled but me I prefer heavily chilled. That's the way to have your white wine. As with most wine wines this goes very well with white meat, seafood and fish. Well for me white wine goes well with any type of food. I had this wine with my Pepper Steak just yesterday and it was just great. Blossom Hill Chardonnay is certainly not the best Chardonnay I've had but at £4.99 is a worthwhile acquistion. As mentioned earlier I like the woody taste and not that many wines are able to elaborate this taste as does this particular type. It is also reasonably dry, which I also prefer and is relatively light on the stomach. I didn't have any problems the next day other than that throbbing headache. Why is it that wine and champagne always give you the worst hangovers. My rating, taking all aspects into consideration, would be a respectabe 7 out of 10.
Time for another whine..I mean WINE opinion I think! Ok so what's the Bubble been supping this time?! Tonight's candidate is Blossom Hill Chardonnay. I have to admit I am fond of a lot of the Blossom Hill range of wines so I was pretty confident about trying this one - especially as it was on special offer! (Well, what did you expect?!) Again at my local Alldays store, a selection of Blossom Hill wines were on offer for £3.99 each for a standard 75cl bottle down from the usual price of around £5-6 per bottle, so how could I refuse?? Nicely presented in a clear glass bottle with embossed emblem and classy looking floral label this wine looks a lot more expensive than it is. You can also see the colour of the wine in the bottle which can help make your choice if you are not sure about your wines. This looked quite dark for a white wine (if you see what I mean) - a distinct deep yellowish green colour -almost like pee, in fact. Produced in warm Californian vineyards (so they tell us) the grapes used produce a "rounded fruit flavour of apples and pears blended with oak tones". How does this translate to the taster/drinker? Well, I don't quite know how "oak tones" are supposed to taste but if these were the underlying sickly slightly woody flavour then I found it very difficult to drink because of it - and I don't often find alcohol difficult to drink!! As for the fruit tones there was a definite apple/cider tang to this wine, again not one of my favourite flavours but hell, it's wine and it was pretty "full and fruity". To be honest its aroma was a lot more appealing than its flavour - sort of tangy and warm and welcoming, until the first sip when I realised I had maybe made one of my few mistakes with this wine. On the dryness rating for white wines (1-9 = driest to sweetest) this was a Level 2 and indeed is quite dry if a little sickly with the oaky tone. Like all win
es of its type it is best served lightly chilled and goes particularly well with white meat dishes such as chicken, or fish/seafood and salad. I have to admit I found it quite a struggle to get through this bottle of wine which is unusual for me and I had to resort to drinking the last two thirds of it with more than a swoosh of soda. This made it far more appealing and a good soft(ish) drink to go with a meal but I found it hard going to drink on its own. I'm assuming that if you are a fan of Chardonnay or "oaked" wines then you would probably like this a great deal but I'm afraid it just isn't for me.
Clean and fresh, with distinctive Chardonnay aromas of apple and pear with a hint of tropical and citrus fruit, and a lovely, crisp finish.