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.

Tisdale Merlot NV

Another cheap wine tasting brought over from Blogarythms.

Tisdale?  New to me!  Just found this at a local grocery store.  It was inexpensive and on sale – so I decided to give it a try.

Vineyard:     Tisdale
Varietal:       Merlot
Vintage:       NV
Appellation: California
Price:          $5.00

Notes:         Extremely light-bodied selection with dark red fruit flavors.  Not on my favorites list.  This archive tasting note was posted originally in April of 2010.


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