Wine Wednesday

There’s a few wines I generally steer clear of: Woodbridge, Vendange, Beringer, Barefoot, Yellowtail, etc. You know, the ones that come in the gallon jug. I’m more about quality over quantity.

One night while attending a gathering at a friend’s home, I was happily sipping away on a delicious glass of pinot noir which had been poured for me. I was positive it was a higher end glass of red but when I went to refill my glass I noticed it was a 2010 BV (Beaulieu Vineyards) Coastal Estates Pinot Noir. I was shocked, and then impressed.

BV is a super affordable wine, with the pinot noir coming in at $5.99. Seriously, $5.99. I easily would have priced it at $14.99 judging by the taste. It had a bit of a kick at first sip, but finished incredibly smooth and almost sweet. I’d recommend pouring a glass and letting it sit for a bit before enjoying.

This pinot noir would be a great beginner wine for someone trying to break into the red wine world

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This next bottle was a last minute add to the cart. I passed it on the way out of the wine aisle, but it caught my eye so I pulled the cart to an immediate halt.

At the end of the beer/wine aisle in Target they generally feature 5-9 different up-and-coming wines they recommend you try. There were a few I picked up in the past which just didn’t do it for me, but I still try to keep my eyes peeled for new potential favorites.

This Joel Gott Pinot Gris fit the bill. The only other pinot gris I really enjoy is King Estate. It’s kind of a rarity as most people prefer pinot grigio. The difference between the two is many pinot gris are from Washington, Oregon or California, while pinot grigio is from Italy.

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The Joel Gott from the Willamette Valley in Oregon was a GREAT pick and didn’t break the bank at $11.99. It was fruity and slightly sweet, with a smooth clean finish. It would be best paired with a mild fish such as mahi or halibut, or a crisp spring salad. Hopefully Target move take this from their “try this” area to their regular selections. I will definitely be purchasing this one again.

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2 Comments

  1. I love wine Wednesday’s! This is fabulous! I can’t wait to try out these suggestions, especially the red!!!

  2. I haven’t had much Pinot Gris, but I wish I had! Oh and also totally feel you on yellowtail, barefoot talk about tasting chemicals! Definitely want to try this Joel Gott! Willamette Valley does a lot of things right with wine!

    -Beth

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