Varietal: 100% Pinot Grigio
Region: California – USA
Cost: $7 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Light-bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear, and a zesty, clean finish. Pairs well with bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara, or eggplant parmesan.
My Review: It’s been a while since I’ve had a Pinot Grigio, so when the sample pack of FlipFlop wines showed up, I was actually happy that one of the wines they sent me to try was the Pinot Grigio, along with the Pinot Noir and a Riesling (review to come later).
In the glass the wine was a light yellow color, and the nose was full of tropical and citrus notes, with just a hint of banana on the very end. In the mouth the wine had all the citrus and zest that one would expect from a Pinot Grigio, but again, that unexpected, but enjoyable, banana slipped in just at the finish – so subtle you’d think it was a ninja.
Paired with a dinner of pesto tilapia and roasted red pepper risotto, the citrus, zest, and hint of banana, was a counter note to the creaminess of the fish and risotto. For $7 it’s really hard to not recommend this wine, especially when it was at least as good as some $15 Pinot Grigio I’ve had, and certainly better than most I’ve had at that price point. While the wine should be available in stores soon, if it’s not, you can order directly from FlipFlop on their website (http://www.flipflopwines.com), and remember that for every bottle sold, Soles4Souls donates a pair of shoes to a child in need…so go and buy a couple of cases.