The Wine Curmudgeon, as noted, is a huge fan of chenin blanc. It can produce tasty, well-made, cheap wine that isn’t chardonnay – something that is always welcome. Which is why I was so glad to find the Dry Creek on sale for $9 (it’s probably going to be closer to $11 most of the time).
It’s a little oily, which is not a bad thing for this kind of wine. (The winespeak term for oily, by the way, is viscous, which sounds like a bad cough, as in, “Boy, your viscous sounds awful.”) Most importantly, the Dry Creek is not sweet, which makes it a little more food friendly. This is not an indictment of sweet wine, as regular visitors here know, but a reflection of how much poorly made, sweet chenin blanc exists in the world. Also, look for some apricot fruit and a very long mineral finish.
Serve this with salads, seafood or as an aperitif.