Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Happy Hour: 2009 Ca'Donini Pinot Grigio

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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