Wine Pick of the Week: Gen de Alma JiJiJi Chenin Blanc 2017


Gen de Alma JiJiJi Chenin Blanc 2017 $12.99


Crisp, bright and delicious, this organic Chenin Blanc from Argentina has it all! Loads of flowers and citrus on the nose with grapefruit, apple and mineral on the palate. It’s big and mouth filling, fun and easy to drink with enough acid to go with lots of summertime food. This is our new favorite patio wine here at Mike’s. grab a bottle today and see what the buzz is all about.

August in Kansas City is right around the corner, and although we have just had a couple of milder days in the mid-80s, I don’t expect the summer heat to let up soon. I’m still drinking and enjoying the wines of summer, both delicious rose and crisp zippy whites.

Here at Mike’s, one of our favorite finds this summer is Gen de Alma’s ‘JiJiJi’ an all natural organic Chenin Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina. Gerardo Michelini and his wife and winemaker Andrea Muffato make this 100% single estate Chenin Blanc from their property in Tunuyan within the Uco Valley in Argentina. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine has so much going for it, at such a great price. Think aromas of apricots, lemon peel, orange blossoms and other flowers on the nose, that run right into a bright mouth filling wine with generous acidity on the palate. Flavors of grapefruit and other citrus dominate, with green apple and lemon dancing around mineral driven notes, and a touch of salinity that leads to a bright, mouthwatering finish. This wine sees no oak and six months bottle aging before it’s released, keeping it bright, fresh and lively, while adding to its complexity. Gerardo and his wife work hard in all of their wine-making ventures to produce minimally manipulated wines that speak both to the grapes used and the varied terroirs of the places where they grow their vines. This wine has so many layers, and is so fun and easy to drink that even your wine snob friends are going to be impressed. And at only $12.99 a bottle, you are going to love it! Next time you are looking for a crisp and racy white but you are bored to tears by that same old Sauvignon Blanc you always get, grab a bottle of JiJiJi and enjoy.

Andy Doohan