The name of this wine, Promessa, means promise in Italian. Promise, according to Merriam-Webster, is reason to expect something; especially: ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence. What a lovely, uplifting name for a wine! It conveys a feeling of hope and anticipation to those who choose to pop the cork and experience the vino.
Notes: The color of this Gabbiano was a pale straw. On the bouquet I smelled citrus and peach. A light-bodied wine, it had a touch of the typical varietal viscosity. Acidity was good, and alcohol was at 12.5%. On the palate I tasted fairly straightforward flavors of citrus and grass with touches of peach. I found it a pleasant Pinot Grigio and think it would be good with seafood dishes and light cheeses such as chevre, fresh mozzarella, etc.
Pinot Grigio in the middle of winter when the temperatures are in the teens (Fahrenheit) outside? Well, why not? Although I’m really not one to stand on convention, I will admit that there was another more personal – and more vain – reason for drinking a light white now. I have an appointment to have my picture taken by a professional photographer, and I want the brightest smile I can muster. Ha!
Notes: This Cavit PG was a pale yellow with scents of lemon, grass and pear on the nose. It was characteristically light-bodied with good acidity and 12% alcohol. Flavors I found mirrored the bouquet – lemon, grass and pear. The finish was long and lemony. I think this is a good sipping white and would go very well with a light white fish.
Another label from The Wine Group that has been proliferating on the shelves of my local stores is It’s A Head Snapper. I have to say that this label is a true example of just how global the wine business has become. The folks at It’s A Head Snapper source their wines from all over the world. Appropriately, then, they went to Italy to get this Pinot Grigio and bring it to my grocery store.
Winemaker: It’s A Head Snapper
Wine: Pinot Grigio delle Venezie
Appellation: Venezie IGT, Italy
Notes: The color of this wine was so light, I’d call it a hint of yellow. Like it’s hue, the bouquet was very faint with gentle citrus and floral notes. It was characteristically light-bodied with high acidity that created a slight feeling of effervescence on the tongue. At 12.5% alcohol this PG is just a little off dry, but the acidity helps balance that out. On the palate I tasted almond, bitter orange, grass, and citrus peel. It was definitely enjoyable – even fun to drink. I think, perhaps, it was a bit overpriced at twenty dollars. Something tells me it must be available for less at other retailers. In which case, I’d buy it again.
Back in mid December when we’d gotten our holiday tree and were ready to devote an evening to decorating, I perused my small stock of wine for something light and easy to accompany our efforts. Goodness knows tree decorating can sometimes (read: often) be a challenge for me. Making sure the lights are working. If they aren’t, finding spare bulbs. Then getting the strands on the tree in an evenly dispersed yet naturalistic and harmoniously relaxed way. And that’s all before the decorations come out to play because lights always go on first in our house. No pressure. No pressure at all. Ha! Yes, tree decorating in my house is a tradition that takes time, consideration, and patience. Much like the enjoyment of wine, it is an experience to be savored not rushed. And no matter the result, it’s really all about doing it together.
Winemaker: Villa Sonia
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Appellation: Venezia DOC – Piave, Italy
Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s
Notes: The color of this wine was a light Tuscan yellow. On the nose I caught scents of apple, citrus and spice. Acidity was high, and it was light on the tongue. Flavors I detected included pear, some apple, spice notes, a tart citrus and citrus zest on the finish. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t sip this by itself. Seems like it’s high acidity and citrus notes beg for a food pairing. Don’t have anything in mind, but maybe you will if you decide to give this one a go.
I love a good catchy name for a winery or wine label – especially when it encapsulates the spirit of the winery and it’s wines. Aimed at the budget shopper who still wants to have a little vino with a casual dinner, the Flipflop brand is just such a winery. They’re so laid back and cool, they even have a peace sign on their label. I would have donned my own flipflops while sipping this Pinot Grigio if it weren’t so darned cold outside. Cool is great, but cold is … well, it’s cold.
Notes: This Californian was truly a pale straw color in the glass. On the nose I caught scents of sweet tropical fruits with hints of white pepper and a green leafy note. Acidity was fine if perhaps a little on the low side. The body was light with a very gentle viscosity, and the alcohol was at 12.5%. On the palate, however, the flavors I found were mostly melon and citrus with some light warm spice notes. The finish was fairly quick with a dose of chalk dust and grassy bitterness. By the way, I got this one on sale for $4.98.