Tag Archives: Pinot Grigio

Weekly Wine – Bad Grigio

14 Jun

Fantini Farnese Pinot Grigio
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I have written that most Pinot Grigio wines in this price category are OK at worst.
A very few are great but most are very average.
I have thought, and probably written, that it is hard to make a bad Pinot Grigio.

And then I bought this bottle,
Truth be told I had been sampling better wines and exotic liquors from less trodden parts of Europe earlier in the evening.
This wine is sour. At first and subsequent taste.
This wine is not very pleasant.
This wine could be a whole lot better.
Once the first shock of taste had passed and I settled into this wine  – my opinion had not changed.
This is the first Pinot Grigio that I do not like.
What does this bottle win? . . .  A badge of dishonour although the label sports two medals from Vienna and Lyon attesting to its quality.
Perhaps I got a bad bottle – but that has never happened to me at the LCBO – si I have to go with what I have.
Bad Pinot Grigio.

Weekly Wine – Alta Pinot

17 May

Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

This is a more expensive cheap wine.
Is it good?
Yes, it is good. A little acidic and a little fruity. Quite dry and a little tart. There is a little bite to it that makes you take notice. There are no off flavours. There is nasty after taste. Yeah… it is good.
Does it sing?
It is very nicely balanced. I’m drinking this in the dead of winter here but I can feel the summer in Argentina. Upon further tasting I can taste peach and banana – and I am not a big fan of banana flavoured stuff. But I like this wine and I want to sing. So yes to that.
Does it make you want to order a case?
This kind of wine does not age well so unless you are consuming vast quantities…
But this would be a great table wine for a wedding or other reception. I have been to some and the wine was atrocious. There are a few wines that cost less than this but why would you ever order undrinkable wine to save a dollar, if that much, a bottle.

Note: since I bought this wine, drank it and reviewed it, this wine has shot up in price to a lofty $11.00.

Weekly Wine – Citra Grigio

15 Mar

Citra Pinot Grigio Terre di Chieti
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

Like most pinot grigios this wine is OK.
It is light. It is crisp. It is slightly acidic and has a gentle flavour – Lemons I think.
It is well balanced. It is quite refreshing to drink and has no off flavours.
It is pleasant.
It says to serve well chilled but it also tastes ok just slightly chilled.
When warmed up a bit you get a slightly more pronounced acidity, probably caused by the added sulphites. But this is not a problem and only underlines the wine’s heritage of being under 10 bucks, and it is well under that sum.
Is this wine a superlative example of a Pinot Grigio – probably not, but it will match and surpass many wines that cost double the amount this wine costs.
Enjoy this one when you can.



Weekly Wine – Southern Pinot Grigio

5 Oct

1005topgTwo Oceans Pinot Grigio
South Africa
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

The first impressions with this wine is that it is quite acidic. It is not overly acidic but that is the first impression that I got and the first words that I wrote.
It is a very lightly coloured wine – think diluted apple juice to the point where you basically have no apple juice flavour.
Now for the second swig of wine.
This wine has flavour. Buckets of it. It is acidic but it is crisp it is sharp. The flavours are exotic (as they should be this is South African) with a citrus melange and I’d like to say apples but they are not apples. I’m probably just thinking of apples. It is a nice flavour is what I’m getting at and there is absolutely no after taste.
This wine needs to be well chilled – as it is warming up it is getting a bit more sour. Or maybe it is just getting tart. The McIntosh apple flavour being replaced by Granny Smith.
I must have apples on my mind.

Weekly Wine – Dunvar

24 Aug

DunVpgDunvar Pinot Grigio
12% ABV
$9.55 (LCBO)

I keep on saying that it is hard to make a bad Pinot Grigio wine.
My first sip of this wine has me rethinking that statement.
I’m concerned because now I have to really think about this bottle. More so than other times.
The wine is crisp but it is not very light. I would not describe it as heavy butthere does seem to be a lot of fruity flavours working here and it does not come off as a crisp light wine. The flavour is fruity – apples lemons, lime. But somehow it does not work.
After the third and fourth sip a harsh after taste becomes more pronounced. These be sulphites that are emerging from behind the fruit.
Is this a bad Pinot Grigio – no. Not really. I’ve had much worse wines, and much better ones too. There are much better wines and Pinot Grigios at this price point, and even cheaper. If you are looking for a medium bodied, fruity and little sour wine – here you go. I wouldn’t bother.

Weekly Wine – Mezzomondo

11 Dec

SONY DSCMezzomondo Pinot Grigio Chardonnay IGT
750 ml
12% ABV
9.95 (LCBO)

I knew what I was getting into with this wine as I’ve had wines from this company before. The first sips confirmed my expectations as this wine is harsh and quite unrefined. It is very tart and you do feel and taste the sulphites that are quite prominent in the mix.
It is a drinkable wine, and that is about it.
This is a Pinot Grigio, albeit blended with Chardonnay, and I have written several times that I have yet to taste a bad one or a very excellent one. Perhaps it is the Chardonnay blend that does not work well here with this wine – giving it a bit of sweet flavouring?
This wine, as a Pinot Grigio, is rather down on the scale. It is all right but there are much better Pinot Grigios on the market at this price point or lower that are better. Some are excellent in fact.

Weekly Wine – Naked Grape (USA)

18 Nov


Naked Grape Pinot Grigio
Year: N/A
12% ABV
$9.99 (LCBO)

This wine confused me. Not because I had to write another review about an average Pinot Grigio wine. The confusion stemmed from the fact that there is a Canadian Naked Grape wine label. I’ve done the Uncorked Shiraz, but I’ve yet to do the others.
This is Naked Grape from California. It is a Pinot Grigio. I just had a swig of the wine and am trying to remember what it was like. I’ll have another.
It is unremarkable Pinot Grigio. A standard wine that will not offend anybody except the most militant of teetotallers. It is pleasant when well chilled on a hot day – like today when I am sampling it. What’s it like when it warms up – honestly, that won’t happen. It is hot outside and I’m on a balcony enjoying a great view – with a nice inoffensive wine to help me along.

Weekly Wine – Riondo

11 Nov

SONY DSCRiondo Pinot Grigio Monte Forte Lot 6
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (Delaware, USA)

This wine has a big impressive name for a very standard Italian Pinot Grigio.
It is good – but very standard. At nearly 10 bucks US you can get a very similar Italian Pinot Grigio in Canada for well under 10. So you lose out on the exchange with this wine.
On the back label it says that “This is a wine to buy by the case.” Why?
Yes it is a very standard Pinot Grigio that won’t offend anyone but by the same token you can buy 12 bottles, a case, of 12 different Italian Pinot Grigio’s and have the same wine in essence.
I wonder what the Lot 6 in the name stands for. One could imagine that this is from some small batch of wine. I suspect that this is just the 6th massive Pinot Grigio “wine lake” that is being drained for our benefit.

Weekly Wine – Montalto

22 Jul

Montalto Pinot Grigio
Year – N/A
12.8% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

Oh Lord.
Another Pinot Grigio.
This one is from Sicily. It is very pale, nearly transparent. The flavour is not that transparent…
It’s a bloody Pinot Grigio. It is fine. I have not had a bad one. And yet, I have not had an excellent one. They are OK.
They are all OK.
I’m trying not to repeat myself but it is difficult – I would have to remember what I wrote – I don’t. I could go back to read what I wrote but that would be cheating now – wouldn’t it?
This wine is light, refreshing and dry. It is a wonderful white wine. It has hints of various flavours that make it interesting and intriguing. It goes down well cold, cool and at room temperature. (My room is on the cool side though.) I was tempted to try what this wine would taste like warm, but alas – the bottle was empty.
Another Pinot Grigio… another good wine…

Weekly Wine – Barefoot

15 Jul

SONY DSCBarefoot Pinot Grigio
Year: N/A
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This wine sneaks nicely under the $10 limit I set myself. The question is – is it worth more?
It is a nice wine. A little sharper, crispier, harsher, than some other Pinot Grigio’s in this price range. I spent a bit of time trying to decide whether this flavour, weather this wine was harsh or crisp.
It is a fine distinction and an interesting divide in a wine. To say a wine is harsh is not a positive aspect of a wine. A crisp wine, on the other hand is nothing but a positive.
One can think too much about wine. The wine is harsh-ish because there is a bit of sourness that creeps into the palate. It’s not a bad thing in this wine but it does not give it the crispness that one would like.
All-in-all a good wine. One that I enjoyed drinking and thinking about.