Friday Happy Hour: 2009 Ca'Donini Pinot Grigio

Friday, April 8, 2011

Welcome to our first Friday Happy Hour, where we sample wines and other beverages to go with our dishes. On occasion, we'll post a cocktail recipe. This week's post is a wine tasting.

We live in a close proximity to a wine shop which offers an extensive selection of wines and spirits from all over the world. Equally abundant are domestic and imported wines within our modest price range: what we get is usually less than $15 a bottle. We were emboldened by a NY Times article stating that the best way to become knowledgeable about wines is to simply start sampling them. I thought it might be also fun to write about it.

This week we are trying Ca'Donini Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie from 2009.

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I am a fan of Pinot Grigio. At $6.99 a bottle, it seemed accessible. It came with a real cork.

Husband says: "For seven dollars it was probably worth it."

The wine is very light in color, a pale straw-yellow. The aroma is pleasing, not overwhelming, with some hint of sour apples. The taste is crisp, light-bodied and airy. It is dry and slightly acidic, hinting at green apples and grapefruit. There is a bit of a sour aftertaste, however.

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Husband says: "Pretty good for a cheap wine. It's not awful."

(There is something peculiar about a double negative. It's like saying to someone, "well, you're not ugly...")

I would pair the wine with seafood, particularly shellfish or fresh water fish. I would enjoy it at a table set up in a backyard on a warm summer night.

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