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Conundrum” seems to refer to the “proprietary blend” of grapes that go into this bottle (delving into its history online, I find that it is made of Sauv Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay and Viognier). We occasionally run into this wine on restaurant menus, and have enjoyed it by the glass.


Tasting it at home, I was surprised to find it sweeter than I remembered. The bouquet is grapey, like white grape juice, but with more depth. In fact, the flavor is strongly reminiscent of an off-dry Riesling. It complemented the Asian takeout food we paired with it, partly because of the sweetness, and partly because it has enough backbone to stand up to strong flavors. But I would hesitate to serve it with Mediterranean food. A blue cheese might pair well, for the other wine it reminded me of was Sauternes (though of course it’s nowhere near that sweet).

The price point was a bit higher than I would have liked, around $18.00. But the label is very, very pretty…