Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wine Sisterhood Drama Queen Pinot Grigio (3 out of 5)

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Now the image won’t move into the middle of the post. Sorry, dear reader, the bottle of wine image doesn’t want to cooperate with WordPress. WordPress has been driving me up a tree in the past two weeks, so pardon the weird centering. I ended up with a different Wine Sisterhood this time. I’m still sticking to my guns and laying off my beloved vino, for health reasons. However, a friend of mine just got engaged and brought over a bottle of their pinot grigio. Since I gushed overwhelmingly months back about the Ravishing Red Blend, I figured the white deserved a chance. Since my friend wasn’t driving home with half a bottle, the rest is residing in my fridge. I will be thrilled to have some more soon. I think Wine Sisterhood is going to be one of those companies where just about everything I try of theirs ends up eliciting a love bundle of reviews from yours truly. Enough expostulating- on with the wine!

A lot of pinot grigios are unusual color, depending on how long your winemakers leaves the grapes in contact with the juice. Some pinots are barely there in color, meaning more pale than Macaulay Culkin. Some are almost an orange hue, some bright yellow, some just an amber hue. This one is a pale color; almost reminds me of nonexistent moonshine. Well, it certainly doesn’t taste that strong, nor that offensive. This is predominantly pinot grigio, but also has some chenin blanc and the dreaded chardonnay mixed in. Normally, the chardonnay would have done me in, but in the spirit of my friend’s engagement, I shut my face and drank. And was pleasantly surprised.

I love the flavor of this one. It’s a little crisp, but not so much that you can’t taste the flavors of the bouquet because you have fucking icicles hanging off your tongue. Slight apple flavor, mixed with pears, and possibly some grapefruit and lemongrass. Not many whites that I’ve had were blessed with lemongrass, but for those unaware (and really, who would care?), it is a favorite of mine. That may have been what tilted the glass in its favor, but ultimately, it was the blend. I didn’t taste a lot of the buttery spritz that usually accompanies chardonnay to the dance, so that was a huge win. I just love the flavor; light, crisp, flavorful, and not a lot of tannins rolling around to complicate matters. And no, not overly sweet. It is a good blend.

The only downside, in my book, is that it’s not as dry of a pinot as I normally like to indulge in. Then again, not my bottle of choice, but given that my friend doesn’t drink often, not a bad first choice for a white. She knows what I usually drink, so she was surprised that I was delighted with it. For I was delighted with it. I had it with salmon and brown rice with peas, and it worked well. The wine usually retails for $9.99 at Target, but lately, they’ve really been giving the Wine Sisterhood its due and putting them all on sale. I would highly recommend this for a light wine to drink, toast, celebrate, and enjoy. It’s pretty damn good.

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Barefoot Sweet Red (3 out of 5)

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I’m not a fan of sweet reds, as you all know. I have, however, due to my issues with the gallbladder, laid off the wine big time this summer. I’m now expanding the rule book and trying more whites and some lighter reds, some moscatos, some champagna, etc. I have had some real good experiences, and I’ve had some real crap. Happily, this wine was a pleasant sipping experience.

Barefoot is a favorite of mine. It’s a wine that’s easy to find anywhere, it’s economically feasible, they have it as the go-to wine at most of the restaurants and the one bar I do frequent, and best of all, it does give me a good buzz while maintaining flavor and lack of nasty aftertaste. The tannins are not on overload, and you can sit and appreciate a good glass of pretty much any Barefoot wine you try. I winced at first, with the “sweet” word turning the old wine snob on full tilt. Then I told myself to shut the hell up and bought it. I was not disappointed.

First of all, it’s not very sweet- at all! There’s a light sweet factor here; on a scale of 1 being nothing and 10 being sugar on a Holly candy scale (my coworker who ovedoses on sugar on a daily basis), I’d say it’s a 4. Really not at all sweet, which I love. It’s a pleasant tasting experience; the bouquet was lovely fruit the moment ¬†you opened it. I let it breathe for a hour, and it still smelled as nice as it had when I opened it. For the record, that does not happen often with a red wine. The taste is very light and a nice blend of raspberry, pomegranate, and cherry. Not too much, not nearly enough, but perfect for the 9.5% alcohol content. The label tells you to pair this with BBQ. I haven’t even had a darn barbecue yet this year, but I drank this with my sundried tomato basil brats, and it was perfect. I would recommend it with grilled or pan-fried sausages, definitely.

This bottle retails for $4.99 at Target, where they have a shit ton of Barefoot on sale for most of the summer. If you want a good red wine that isn’t too strong and is good for light dining, this one is it.