#NWTW Week 47: Pinot Grigio From Italy

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From the other end of the availability spectrum, I’m flying from the lesser-spotted Lambrusco to the can’t-move-for-bottles-of-it Pinot Grigio.

In terms of looking for a crowd pleaser, I’m not sure I’ve got one here. What I have got is the opportunity to lay to rest the ghosts of paint stripper, cheap crap that have haunted pub wine lists for the last 10 years. Pinot Grigio is better than that!

My picks for this week are:

Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s TTD Pinot Grigio Trentino @ £8.00 (2 for £12)

Waitrose
LaVis Storie di Vite Pinot Grigio @ £6.29 (third off)

Majestic Wine
Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige @ £8.99 (25% off)

Spirited Wines
Colterenzio Pinot Grigio Classici @ £14.34

Vinmonopolet
LaVis Storie di Vite Pinot Grigio @ NOK 124.90

Happy hunting

Cheers


12 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 47: Pinot Grigio From Italy

  1. So I gave it a go. I went to Sainsbury’s as they were running their buy and 6 and save 25%… I’m just glad I only bought one Pinot Grigio, along with some tried and trusted reds from the Taste the Difference range. The PG costs £8, £6 with the discount; I probably should’ve tried a bit harder and spent a bit more.

    The nose is confected, with a grapefruit edge; if you remember the smell of pear drops, imagine the smell of grapefruit drops and you’ll be close, with just a hint of a something savoury, almost eucalyptus-like. The palate is crisp and fresh but that slightly artificial fruit is front and centre, there is grapefruit and lemon but it is candied, almost sweet. And that’s about it. Thankfully it doesn’t last too long – it’s just what I expect from PG; a bit limp and lifeless. If you got it as a house wine in a pub you would call is inoffensive; it’s not bad… its just not very good. 3/10

    The good news is I also had a bottle of Alsatian Pinot Gris, one I know I like and thankfully it worked it’s charm again. Dopff Pinot Gris Reserve 2012, £14 from Wine & the Vine, had a pleasant fruity nose of pears, limes and just a touch of mineral. The palate is rich with flavours of pears and citrus hitting the sensors first and then some warming ginger spice and a very delicious and fresh off-dry finish. 7/10

    A game of 2 halves… I was just glad when the half time whistle went!

  2. I’m definitely making hay while the sun shines with another 3 weeks of #NWTW reviews before the big move Stateside and the inevitable struggle to find a shop selling anything European and half decent for less than $50.

    A fine example of testing the usual wine perceptions this week, with a wine I would actively avoid in the vast majority of situations. But hey ho, anything for an excuse to drink an extra bottle over the weekend!

    The whole concept of #newwinethisweek as I see it, is to discover the true origins and character of a wine variety, and so in the case of an infamously bland wine like Italian Pinot Grigio, I thought the boat had to be pushed out somewhat so I visited an ever reliable merchant, The Good Wine Shop, to find a decent version.

    I found a 2013 Blason Pinot Grigio from Fruili for £13.00

    The first thing that challenges the expectations is the appearance; it’s almost chardonnay yellow in colour, not the expected anaemic, ashen faced look of a typical pub bought Pinot Grigio. This would suggest a deeper, more complex wine to me so things were already looking up!

    The nose also hinted at something a bit more developed, with some strong primary citrus lemon and limes but also a secondary whiff of something possibly dairy.

    The creamy suggestion follows through on the palate nicely. This wine has a serious medium to full body which is a huge surprise and like no Pinot Grigio I’ve tasted before. There’s a big whack of acidity upfront which then mellows into a buttery finish. It’s actually so tangy that I feel it needs some food to balance it out, something I’d never expect to say with a Pinot ‘Greej’!!

    I guessed the vinification values must be superior with this producer, which was confirmed with a bit of very quick research; Blason Wines have won several IWSC awards over the past 5 years for their wines.

    A pleasantly surprising 7/10.

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