All three Sunny wines - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - are made from sustainably-grown Monterey County grapes, all three hit alcohol at only 9% abv and all three retail for $17. The labels say that these wines are for people who "want a full glass and a healthy pour," however the promise of only 85 calories applies to a five-ounce serving. That's not a full glass at my house. The winery marketers try to help with the pour, saying that "moderation never tasted so good."
Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines, says that "consumers are looking for a wine that is ... 'better for you' with zero sugar, low calories and low alcohol." She continues, "it also needs to be delicious and authentically sourced and produced." Scheid says their winemaking team lost count of how many tasting trials they conducted to arrive at a wine that "doesn’t make you feel like you’re giving up anything."
While I don’t seek out low-alcohol wines, there are those who feel that a small sacrifice in alcohol is worth it to be able to enjoy a glass of guilt-free wine every night.
Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Sauvignon Blanc 2019
A light straw color in the glass leads to a sweet, beautiful nose. It strikes me more as the nose of an Albariño or Viognier. The herbal aromas come across as floral notes mainly, with plenty of fruit up front - peaches, nectarines, apricots. The sip reveals some light grassiness, but citrus is more in the spotlight. This is a very Cali SauvBlanc. A nice acidity makes this a good food wine, but it is perfect for sipping at a pool party - socially-distanced, of course.
Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Chardonnay 2018
This wine has a golden hue in the glass and a nose in which oak is prominent. Apricot and tropical aromas follow, but they have to fight their way past the staves. The palate is a bit less ripe than I would like and there is a lingering tartness on the finish, too. Acidity is nice, but the oak treatment really spoils the grapes here.
Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Pinot Noir 2018
I love a good whiff of cola and black tea in a Pinot Noir, which this one has in abundance, and a puff of smoke to boot. Those flavors come in on the palate, too, with some boysenberry and raspberry. The tannic structure is firm and the acidity refreshing. It is a brawny wine, heavy handed even, but presents itself with such charm it's hard to not like it.