2009 Pancake Cellars Big Day White

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2009 Pancake Cellars Big Day WhiteAnother in the series of wines made by the ultra secretive Central Coast Wine Services team. It appears this is primarily a warehouse wine making facility where wines such as Hitching Post Pinot are made. Obviously in their spare time though they are making some juice of their own (and not telling the world about it).

What I Think:

It was funny that I came across this cork’d article that discussed labels as a major factor in driving purchases the day after I opened this wine. That is certainly how this one first made it into my home back in 2007. And it is not only this one; the folks behind this outfit our known for distinctive labels. So much so that I know if they have a new offering available before I even pick it up off the shelf. My personal favorite is still the Franc Merlot. But enough about the label, what about the juice?

This one is a blend of 27% Chardonnay, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Viognier, 21% Muscat Canelli and 4% Pinot Blanc. Not looking at the blend when I first opened this one on its own I found it entirely too sweet. Not what I had remembered from prior experiences. Taking that in stride I paired it with shrimp tacos and refried beans the next night and while it didn’t make me pay attention (or take a lot of notes) it came across as a simple, enjoyable (though slightly characterless) wine showing melon and floral notes throughout. I prefer a Riesling or Gewurztraminer with my spicier food but if you don’t this may be a good alternative.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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3 thoughts on “2009 Pancake Cellars Big Day White

  1. The label did it for me too last night. I remembered you posting about it, but couldn’t remember what you said. Marketing. That darn pancake is just so cute.

    My review of the wine… great for a DH that loves a sweet wine, great for me cuz it’s not overly sweet, great middle ground and I love the price. But Jason, I need a great wine from TJ’s please! I don’t like any on your top ten list. What is wrong with me.

    Also, did you get a chance to try the TJ’s Grand Reserve Cab?? OMG that was Amazing and yes it was $12.00, but to me it was worth it. You’ve gotta talk to the wine gal (Rita?) at TJ’s in La Jolla. She spent a lot of time in France and turned me onto that cab and I loved it.

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