Wine For the Price of a Frappuccino

That’s right, I’m talking about cheap, cheap wine.  Tisdale is a label that competes at around the same price point as the Whole Foods Three Wishes wines and Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw.  Made by E&J Gallo, Tisdale has a full line of California Table Wine that includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sweet Red (a blend), and White Zinfandel.  It’s sold at grocery stores and drug stores in my area at very low prices – sometimes available on sale for just over $3.00.

Winemaker:  Tisdale
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  California
Price: $5.49

Notes:  The color of this low-budget PG was very pale yellow with a slight green tinge.  The bouquet was faint with scents of peach and lemon oil.  What do I mean by lemon oil? I mean that lemony, bitter – almost chemical – smell that results when you squeeze lemon peel and express a liquid.  Isn’t that lemon oil?  Anyway, the acidity was OK, and alcohol was at 11.5%.  It was light-bodied with some of the expected varietal viscosity.  Flavors I detected were faint as well, including sweet melon and peach.  As it wound down, this Tisdale also brought peach pit to the palate.  It was all right, but to me the overall experience was a bit lackluster.

Mission Bell Pinot Grigio

Where do all these different wine brands come from?  Has there been a proliferation of new wineries in California recently?  It seems every time I walk into a store, I find another new label.  Then again, perhaps I’m not that good at remembering what I’ve seen on the shelves before.  lol  You know that movie “Fifty First Dates” with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler?  The one where Drew Barrymore’s character has had an accident and keeps losing her short term memory?  Every day she wakes up and has no memory of the last 24 hours.  So when Adam Sandler decides he wants to pursue Drew romantically … you get it, right?  Well, maybe I’m having “Fifty First Sips.” Good thing I’m posting my wine experiences on this blog.  That way I can check and see if I’ve had a wine previously.  In this case, however, I’m certain I haven’t had a Mission Bell Pinot Grigio before … or a Mission Bell wine of any kind, for that matter.  So this really was my first sip.

Winemaker:  Mission Bell
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  California
Price: $8.49

Notes:  The color of this Mission Bell selection was a light straw. The bouquet brought me scents of apple, lime and honey. Acidity was fine but perhaps a tad on the low side for a Pinot Grigio. It was light-bodied with a tad of the typical PG viscosity. On the palate it was pretty sweet – perhaps even sweeter than it’s 12.5% alcohol might suggest. Flavors included pear, some citrus, apple notes and a touch of a green herbal. It was OK, but for me it came across as a little on the heavy side due to the perceived sweetness and lower acidity.  What can I say?  That’s what I got – first sip to the last.  (I didn’t count, but probably not quite fifty).