Vigneti Del Sole Pinot Grigio 2014

by Amy

They say seasonal eating is best, and I believe them. What I love about the seasons is that they're tied so intricately with the foods we eat throughout the year. I'm certainly not tired of summer's bounty yet, are you? (I love you, tomatoes, even if I have to withstand inferno temps to get to you)

Today's selection, Vigneti Del Sole Pinot Grigio 2014, is summer in a bottle, and it'll go well with so many of your favorite seasonal dishes. Taste and see!

 

Tasting Notes

This one's super light, which you might guess from its palest-straw-gold color. Super bright on the nose, lemon and apple blossom abound, and it tastes about the same going down. Not too sweet but not too tart, this is a dry wine that's got a lovely crisp finish that's longer than you'd think. 

Price point

This one's a super bargain: only $7.97 from this merchant.

Pairings

Serve this with a lighter fish, like mahi mahi, or some shellfish. The wine's crisp citrus will also play nicely with a delicate chicken salad or a German potato salad.

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde

by Amy

It's fun to be surprised, isn't it?

Usually, we live for routine—and for good reason. We enjoy predictability, keeping pace with the rhythms of the day. But every now and then, it's nice to shake things up.

Such is the case with this week's wine. I wasn't ready to be smacked in the face with so much flavor.

As a somewhat wine no0b, I'd never heard of Vinho Verde before. It's a Portuguese wine, grown in the northwest Minho province. And the "Verde" in its name doesn't dictate the wine is green (as you can see, it's the palest shade of vermillion). The "Verde" here indicates that this wine is intended to be consumed when it's very young—as in, two years after bottling. 

With such a young wine, I expected it to be a little aggressive. What I didn't expect was for it to be the near-liquid equivalent of a Warhead
 

Tasting Notes

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde: my, oh my, how flavorful you are.

On the nose, folks, you're in for a citrusy good time—it's like sniffing straight lime zest. And when you sip? Be prepared: it is tart. If the idea of sucking a lemon is your idea of a good time, then have at this one. It's so crisp, so citrusy, with a light hint of floral pineapple. AND after a few sips, I detected a bit of effervescence; sure enough, tiny bubbles were rising to the surface. Apparently, sometimes vinters inject this blend with carbon dioxide, making this young wine seem a very close cousin to the white wine spritzer. If you wanted to muddle some fruit and mint into your glass to make a white sangria, I bet it would be mighty tasty.

This wine is like Pellegrino and lemonade had an alcoholic baby. It's something else. 


Price Point

Smile, everybody: this one will only set you back about $7.99, though you may get a better deal at your local merchant.


Pairing

When I opened this bottle, I made a pan-seared salmon with a cajun spice rub. I'm going to be honest: the vinho verde was more pleasant to drink on its own than paired with the fish (the flavors of the wine wine and the fatty/oily salmon flavor didn't play well together—too much flavor fighting). I bet vinho verde be better with a super aromatic/spicy dish, like a Thai curry or maybe some zesty fish tacos and guacamole. 

Verdict: this wine has summer written all over it. Take it to the beach or on a picnic for a cheap offering that'll leave your guests speechless—or, at least, cock an eyebrow.

2014 “La Petite Frog” Picpoul De Pinet

by Amy

Is there any dining establishment that makes you feel as classy and cool as a bistro?

I love the whole experience: sitting outside, sharing appetizers, and sipping wine over lazy conversations and a dinner service that can stretch into a couple of hours. 

Mmm.

Granted, Table 3's location in Nashville isn't as glamorous as a Parisian sidewalk (the lovely view encompasses the parking lot of The Cheesecake Factory and a Chico's), but under the stars and positioning your back to the headlights, you can easily imagine yourself under winding iron trellises and French colonial buildings.

I'm not knocking you, Table 3. Anybody who serves garlic aioli with heaping dishes of frites is OK in my book.

And, of course, the bistro experience isn't complete without some vino.

In a "surprise me!" sort of mood, I recently ordered the house white, which happens to be the 2014 "La Petite Frog" Picpoul De Pinet. And I enjoyed it! Nice citrus on the nose, slightly tart with a little zing of grass and lemon on the palate. I'd order it again, but next time I'd pair it with some oysters—because who can ever get enough oysters?

By now, you should've picked up that this blog is a no-judgment zone—we like good wine, no matter where it comes from. So imagine my surprise when I looked up the "La Petite Frog" when I got home and found this is a boxed wine. But hey, people: you can get 3L of this stuff for $23.99. That's four bottles of wine for $6 each.

Um, yeah. I have no complaints.

If you're looking to stock up on some wine, this might be the ticket! Summer sangria, anyone?


Help others see the light and enjoy economically delicious boxed wine.