I haven’t blogged in a while for a couple of reasons. I’ve suffered from a bit of wine fatigue after the holidays, and frankly the wines I have consumed lately have been uninspiring… until now.

My husband purchased the Animist Chardonnay at Whole Foods this afternoon because it was on sale and he knew we hadn’t had it before. Normally $25, he got it for $15. Not a bad deal. He also purchased the Animist Pinot Noir which will be another post coming soon.

As you can see from the pictures, the bottle is very pretty and distinctive. Once opened, the aromas of green apple, and cheese dominate. The taste is very unique with heavy notes of blue cheese combined with oak and butter. The after taste reminded me of smokey bacon.

Blue cheese, butter, and bacon? YES, and it works! This wine would pair nicely with a chicken dish, a spicy meat appetizer plate or a hearty salad in the summer. This chardonnay is truly a year round wine.

After drinking a few sips, I was curious to know where the name Animist came from and learned this:

“Animism (from Latin anima, “breath, spirit, life”) is the worldview that non-human entities—such as animals, plants, and inanimate objects—possess a spiritual essence.”