Tag Archives: US wine

Weekly Wine – Gray Fox

23 Nov

1123gfcharGray Fox Chardonnay
2015
USA
750ml
13% ABV
$8.55 (LCBO)

I look at this label with a bit of trepidation.
On the one hand foxes are good looking animals.
On the other they are known to be sly and mischievous.
The one on this bottle looks cute. It looks at me invitingly. Try me it beckons.
But what lies beneath those imploring eyes and the screw cap is a mystery. I must find out.
The first sip is Nasty. So is the second. It is sourish and a little sweet – that’s the chardonnay speaking. There are apples here and lemons I think. But it is sour… not the super unpleasant kind of sour, just the kind like the candy kids eat.
I don’t want that in a wine.

Weekly Wine – Doggy

7 Oct

SONY DSCChateau La Paws Chardonnay
Year: N/A
USA
750ml
13% ABV
$9.80 (USA)
A wine that helps dogs in shelters – a win-win situation. This is a fairly typical chardonnay, a little sweetish with a nice body. It is rather smooth and does not have much tartness to it. It might have gone down better if I had tasted it out of a nice wine glass, or in fact out of any drinking vessel made out of glass. But this was purchased on a road trip in the USA and the only drinking device present were plastic cups. The wine is nice but unremarkable and lacks any kind of bold or unique characteristic. You can pick it up if you are concerned about sheltering dogs but there are much more interesting wines at this price. But still – it is not a bad wine.

 

Weekly Wine – Barefoot

15 Jul

SONY DSCBarefoot Pinot Grigio
Year: N/A
USA
750ml
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.
Crisp?
Harsh?
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.

Weekly Wine –Beringer

25 Feb

SONY DSCBeringer California Collection Pinot Grigio
2013
USA
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

Another Pinot Grigio.
Another good wine.
I should honestly try a really expensive Pinot Grigio and see if there is any difference to these sub $10 Pinot Grigio wines. I’ve tried ones that cost $15 or so and there is no difference.
The most expensive Pinot Grigio at the LCBO, where most Ontarians buy their wine, is $34.95. That’s a 750ml bottle of Italian wine. For the same amount you can get 3 litres, in a box, of Copper Moon Pinot Grigio which I reviewed a while back. It’s not the best, but it will do.
This one is much better. It is crisp, light and pleasant to drink. It is a very nice wine – a classic Pinot Grigio. The colour is quite pale, but that is par for the course for these types of wines.
You could spend much more on a Pinot Grigio – but why would you?

Weekly Wine – Berninger

11 Jun

SONY DSCBeringer White Zinfandel
2013
USA
750ml
9.5
% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This is a pink wine.
The label has a pink border, pink lettering and a pink shrink top.
This pink matches the pink hue of the wine itself.
This wine is making me turn pink as it is light refreshing and a wonderful drink. I’m looking at the bottle and am wondering where it went. It is really a nice wine this is.
It is fruity without being overbearing. It carries a hint of sweetness which is just right – it is not saccarin. It is dryish without parching ones palate.
What a happy wine.
I guess this is what they mean by a well balanced wine, in marketing speak. This term does not appear on the label and this is good because I usually pose a sceptical eye on anything that claims to be well balanced.
This wine is light on alcohol so is a wonderful refreshing drink on a summers afternoon. Or evening. Or night. You’ll be pushing trouble for the morning but mixed with some juice… why not.
I’ve had rose wines that cost nearly double this but did not come near to the pleasure that this wine has given me.