I opened a bottle of ALDI’s Winking Owl Chardonnay. And you know what? It’s not bad.

Updated: Dec 12, 2020


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


My first shopping trip to Stephenville’s new grocer – ALDI – landed me in the wine aisle.


(Yeah, I wasn’t surprised by that either.)


Because for weeks, I had been reading up on ALDI’s must-haves and its Winking Owl Wine was on more than one of those lists, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.


I splurged on a bottle of Winking Owl Chardonnay that set me back $2.95.


When I told The Husband about my purchase, his eye roll made it all the way to Mars, but I ignored it.


Nothing was going to stop me from giving my bargain bottle a fair shake, so I forged ahead; building a nice fire and lighting up the house like a Christmas wonderland.


(Ambience, after all, is everything.)


Once I started cooking dinner, I uncorked that adorable bottle and poured myself a festive glass.


That first sniff was surprisingly…nice. There were hints of fruit, maybe it was pear, I can’t be sure, and a little spice.


Then it was time for a taste.


The first sip was fairly smooth (not enough to make me sigh), but it was strangely satisfying and more than drinkable.


I even had a second glass.


Winking Owl Wine is made in California and is part of the E&J Gallo family of wines.


(You know, Ernest and Julio!)


The brand is sold exclusively to ALDI stores, so you can’t find it anywhere else.


According to its website, Winking Owl is “designed with a wise and wonderful eye on value – blending decades of winemaking expertise with a clever efficiency that ensures deliciousness in every bottle.”


And seriously, what’s not to love about a cute winking owl?


While I won’t be serving Winking Owl Wine at my next dinner party, I will keep a bottle on hand for those ordinary nights at home that call for a blazing fire and oversized Christmas pjs.


The Hubs is just going to have to live with it.


Give Winking Owl a try and let me know what you think.