Sunday, May 10, 2009

May Wine Tasting ~ Pinot Grigio & A Little Bit of Garden

It's Wine Tasting time again. The wine of the month is Pinot Grigio.

This whole wine tasting thing is mostly just educational for me. For some reason I was thinking that I'd like Pinot Grigio better than Chardonnay. I didn't like Chardonnay at all. I have to say, so far, I'm not a big fan of Pinot Grigio either.

The first wine we tried this month was HRM Rex~Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster. I selected it because, as much as I don't like Chardonnay, I was pleasant surprised when I tried the Giant 47 Pound Rooster Chardonnay last month. I still wouldn't say that I liked it. But it wasn't as gross as I expected.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the Giant 47 Pound Rooster Pinot Grigio.

Name: HRM Rex-Goilath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Pinot Grigio

Price: $8.99

Year: 2008

PHOTO of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the bottle: Bright, juicy and floral - say howdy to our California version of this Italian classic: cultured but racy and very romantic.

From the website: This wine expresses lovely aromatics of pear and honeydew. Bright, juicy flavors of citrus and apples that lead to a sweet mineral core. The finish is soft and lingering; thanks to a balanced acidity that carries the fruit well into the back of the palate. Yum. I can think of a number of foods that would be great with this wine. Try it with a bowl full of Little-necked clams, steamed in a broth of Pinot Grigio, garlic, onions, and butter (my personal favorite!), Linguini with homemade pesto (OK, my other fave), or baked boneless-skinless chicken breasts that have first been rubbed in a lemon zest/Herbs de Provence mixture and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Fantastico! - Marty Spate, Enologico

Very pale yellow.

Me ~ smells like wine... I liked the Chardonnay better. It feels warm and burny... tongue puckery... definitely not diggin' it... can't pick out any specific flavors...

Jon ~ ooooo tart... tastes good... tastes like an energy drink... first sip was the best

Ericka ~ likes it

Drew ~ a little sweet... oh interesting, a little tart...

Would you buy again?: probably not

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I'd cook with it.


Name: Fish Eye Pinot Grigio

Price: $7.99

Year: 2008

PHOTO of bottle:

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the bottle... It's floral, crisp, refreshing and bright. An Ideal match for sole, fowl or light pasta dishes.

From the website... The aromatics in this bottle are like a tropical adventure in paradise! There's a spirited and fresh infusion of ripe melon, apricot and white ginger with intense citrusy notes of juicy red grapefruit and mineral that lingers on the finish. Pair with sushi, shellfish, crisp salads or anything that calls for some zing!

Very pale yellow

Me ~ Not as puckery as the 47 Pound Rooster... but still not diggin' it... I tried mixing this with 7up to make a wine cooler... and that didn't help.

Jon ~ not as intense as 47 Pound Rooster

Whitney ~ mmmmmmm

Jeff ~ Dry & fruity

Would you buy again?: No

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I'd cook with it.


Name: Black Tower

Price: $8.99

Year: 2006

PHOTO of bottle:

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the bottle: Full of fruit flavours with a touch of spice.

From the website: Black Tower Pinot Grigio has the typical spicy character of Pinot Grigio and expressive fruit. Full of flavour and with a warm finish.
This wine is a perfect match for dishes with mushrooms such as wild mushroom risotto or rocket salad with pears and walnuts.

Golden color

Me ~ better than the 47# Rooster & Fish Eye... but I think I'm just not feeling the Pinot Grigio... I'll be tasting some more with my mom and niece over Memorial Day weekend... so we'll see...

Jon ~ This one is sweeter and peppery

Whitney ~ Very mild... nice not puckery... consistent flavor... no aftertaste

Would you buy again?: probably not

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I would cook with it.

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What are you waiting for??


A garden update....

My grape tomatoes... 10 days difference
April 29...............................May 9

The barrel of violas is bright and beautiful!

Flowers & herbs doing well...

Little Lil Pete came out to get some sun.

Everything survived Mother's Day Eve!


noble pig said...

Well I would say PG is not for you! Ha! Good post.

Dajana said...

Before you decide Pinot Grigio is not for you, I really recommend you try some Italian PG, I'm sure Shane agrees with me. I've posted my review in BS wine club, if you haven't checked it out yet. I'm not a big white wine fan, but I find the one I had the other day really good.
Love your herbs and flowers

girlichef said...

ha, you make me laugh. I'm glad you keep on giving it the old college try :) Your garden is coming along great! Hope you had a happy mama's day.

Spryte said...

Dajana... I'll make sure Italian is what my mom picks up for tasting at her house next week! =)

Natashya said...

Well, you gave it a fair shot!
Sorry you didn't dig the PG, I can help you finish it.... !

Tangled Noodle said...

We had Pinot Grigio last night with some grilled fish - very enjoyable. I'm so envious of your plants - we just put in our tomatoes and some herbs this weekend so we're a few behind you. I hope they'll look just as good!

Debbie said...

I'm not a big wine drinker (don't really drink at all) yet I LOVE cooking with wine. Your flowers look so definitely have a green thumb!

~Dana said...

Looks like a party to me!

Donna-FFW said...

My favorite pinot grigio affordably is Santa marguerita..

LOVE your flower pictures,, so pretty..

Angie said...

Your flowers look really good. Thanks for sharing pictures of them.

Gypsy Girl Gourmet said...

I do not like Chardonnay, but I do love Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Spy Valley and Nobilo are both delicious wines and reasonable priced. You can find both at Costco.