#NWTW Week 47: What We Thought of Pinot Grigio

For The Foodies, Italy, New Wine This Week, Whites


Sometimes one of the hardest things to do when you’re meant to be reviewing something is if you’re not sure you’re a fan of the thing in the first place. For some this week, asking you to critique Pinot Grigio was a bit like sending my French colleague, JB, down to Lords to let me know what he thought of the first day’s play.

I only tried the one this week, and it was the Sainsbury’s TTD Pinot Grigio, currently on sale at £6 down from £8. With heavy memories of the battery acid Pinot Grigios you get at pubs and bars in the UK, I was a bit nervous. But, not for the first time this year, I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s about getting into the mindset of “is this a great Pinot Grigio?” rather than “is this a great white wine?” The appearance was ultra pale lemon, so that’s one point.

The smell wasn’t exactly jumping out of the glass at me, but having said that I was drinking it at about 8 degrees (pretty chilled), which can make it harder to smell anyway. What I did get was grapefruit and lemon (heavy citrus, another point), and a honeydew melon sniff. The label reckoned peach, I didn’t get it, but hey ho.

On the taste the acidity wasn’t massive, but it was decent, more so than a Pinot Gris, so that’s another point in the column. In the mouth there was a definitely grainy minerality there, almost like after you’ve eaten pistachios, that kind of thing. The finish was tangy citrus. It was nice to start and then just a bit too tangy for too long if I’m being picky.


We had it with a bit of pitta and home made hummus that missus did an amazing job of. Thing was, we got to add a bit more lemon juice to the hummus whilst we made it, so it went really well together.

This stuff was chalk and cheese to the £5 crap you see all over the shelves, and at £6 at the minute, it’s absolute steal in my view.

Am I a Pinot Grigio convert?  Probably not, but I’m pleased I’ve had a go and tried what I really think is a very decent Pinot Grigio here.  A more than happy 13/20 from me.


Other Posts in NWTW Week 47: 

#NWTW Week 47: Pinot Grigio From Italy

#NWTW Week 47: Where To Get The Best From Pinot Grigio

#NWTW Week 47: Italian’s Always Try To Have a Style of Their Own

#NWTW Week 47: Food pairing with Pinot Grigio

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