Category Archives: Pinot Grigio

A good kind of acid

2007 Maculan Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy $15.75 LCBO #734921

Who says Pinot Grigio is for summer time only. Certainly not me! Pinot Grigio is a refreshing wine no matter what the season. The secret x-factor of a good Pinot Grigio is its acidity. This is what makes it such a great “food” wine.

Fortunately, the 2007 Maculan has all the traits of a good Pinot Grigio. It has solid acidity and strong flavours of melon, lemon and lime. This wine is meant to be drunk young. No cellaring necessary! It is extremely versatile and pairs very well with seafood, light pastas and is perfect with cheese.

At $15.75, this wine is an excellent value. I recommend that the 2007 Maculan Pinot Grigio find a place in your home…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on October 20, 2008 in Italy, Pinot Grigio, White Wine


Screw the environment….box wines suck*

Peller Estates French Cross Selection Pinot Grigio, Cellared in Canada $10.95 LCBO #016394

Wow…so much to warn you about…so little time. This week I wanted to do a little something for the environment and taste one of the many new wines in tetra-paks showing up on the shelves of the LCBO. I also wanted to see if there was any truth to the long-standing belief that all “box” wine is crap.

Ok…so I can’t say that all “box” wine is bad, but this one is horrible. The Peller Estate French Cross Pinot Grigio has all the elements of what makes up a really bad wine. The scary thing is this is one of the LCBO’s top selling box wines! At first whiff, this wine reeks of rotten eggs, burnt matches, and a hint of lemon pledge. Not surprisingly, the taste isn’t much better. I wouldn’t pair this wine with anything! Honestly…give it away to someone you don’t like.

As a side note, you might have noticed that this wine was “cellared in Canada”. This coded marketing term means that the grapes that went into this horrid concoction could have come from anywhere in the world. I am wiling to bet that it arrived at the winery in a tanker truck where it was cellared until it was packaged and delivered to the LCBO. I just thought you would like to know what you are buying.

Even with a low price of $10.95 I wouldn’t touch this wine with a 50 foot pole…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Canada, Pinot Grigio, White Wine

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