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May Wine - Pinot Grigio
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cara1971
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve and I had a Pinot Grigio for my birthday dinner last week.

We went to a BYO restaurant, but they said they were allowed to serve certain New Jersey Wines to get around the 'no liquor license'....never heard of this but we got the Pinot they offered. We forgot to bring our own.

Of course I don't remember the name at all - but it was just OK and not great. I need to try again for my review. I am also one of those "drinks it but forgets it". I need to leave a pen and paper near my bottle opener!
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: Oak Leaf Vineyards Reply with quote

I'm almost embarrassed to say that I often buy cheap...or shall I say, INEXPENSIVE bottles of wine for drinking at home on a regular basis. I like the pricier ones, but my wallet does not. So, I only buy those from time to time. I decided to pick up a bottle of a cheapo from Walmart...this Vineyard has several different varieties, including a Pinot Grigio. Well, okay it's actually a Pinot Grigio-Chenin Blanc blend (but that counts, right?? 51%PinotGri).

-Oak Leaf Vineyards Pinot Grigio Chenin Blanc
-$2.97 (gulp...nervous tittering)
-No year listed (um, didn't even realize that until now)


-No intro from winemaker (okay, this is what I get w/ cheap wine)
-Not bad. Slightly lemony w/ some melon flavor. Light, understated. Slightly sweet.
-Yes, I'd buy it again.
-I paired this with cooking (tee hee)...I'm making swiss steaks and I'll probably drink it with them and a baked potato. But, they're still in the oven. I also think it would pair well with a pasta with oil & garlic with a chicken breast.

Fingers crossed that my picture shows up this time...I swear I'll get it one of these times. Off to ask my mom & sis's if they want to have a Pinot Party. Smile[/img]
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahahah!!! That's not the first less than $3 wine we've had here!!


When I was have the bigger wine tasting parties.... it ALWAYS turned out that the most expensive bottles were NOT the favorites... and often were the least favorite!
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very VERY True.... Some of my favs are dirt cheap... The only wine I am aware of, where cost really becomes a factor is Pinot Noir... Cause it is such a finicky grape and the harvest is low... Good quality grapes are premium priced
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya, you can't beat a good "Two Buck Chuck"
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ours went up here... Sad It's "Three Forty-Nine Chuck" Now.... well, with tax... Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good...I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who enjoys cheap wine Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good, cheap wine is most appreciated! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I, too, love inexpensive wine, especially after living in Germany where we NEVER paid more than 8 Euros for a great bottle! So spoiled!
That said, I did find a great deal at Whole Food during Happy Hour this week. They serve $3 tap and $4 pours of the daily wine special. The featured wine is always on sale, so we picked up a bottle of Tiamo Pinot Grigio.

Name: Tiamo
Price: $11.99
Year: 2008
PHOTO of bottle:
Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: I just loved this cute intro!
Ciao! Tiamo means "I love you". So naturally we couldn't resist sharing with you this outstanding Pinot Grigio, made with organic grapes from the hillside nieyards of Veneto, in the northeast of Italy.

Tiamo Pinot Grigio is a delightfully fresh and crisp wine. It is both floral and fruity, expressing ripe peach and apple flavors with a subtle mineral finish, perfect to drink as an appertif or with salads, grilled chicken, and seafood.



Review: Wow. I remember drinking pinot grigio that was so sweet and tart back in the day. But that was probably because I was ordering it in sports bars full of college kids at 3 bucks a glass Smile This one is so crisp and light, with subtle, tart apple flavor. Loved it! Looks like I may go back to putting pinot grigio in my wine budget.
Would you buy again?: Yes
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: We had this wit seared honey basted scallops and sauteed spinach, but I'd imagine it would go well with any seafood, white meat, or pasta that is not too heavy. Maybe something grilled with citrus?
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry that photo is so huge! I resized it twice in photobucket, but it won't save the smaller version Sad I guess it just gives you a better idea of the pretty label.
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