A night of home cooking and a glass or three of wine.
I popped over to my local store and perused their little wine stock for something different, something that I had not tried before. I decided on an 2009 Estancia Pinot Grigio. Partly because of price and partly because it had a nice little rating from the store.
I am still funny about the screw tops, which in England are almost par-for-the-course these days. While home in England recently, we purchased a few (or more) bottles of wine and I was always surprised when it ended up being a screw top. I honestly do not think we had one cork in two weeks!
It’s really not the screw top that bothers me at all. I think it is the fact that I really like the process of opening a bottle with a cork and that wonderful “pop” sound it makes and you anticipate what you are about to taste even more.
The Estancia Pinot Grigo, a fabulously inexpensive bottle of wine, is an exquisite straw color with a slight color of weak tea, almost like a Lipton’s Ice Tea. On the first nose it is full and bursting with fruits of pear and peach with a hint of citrus. The palate brings an intoxicating sweetness of lively sweet apple and honey… almost syrupy sweet like a dessert wine. Once it has opened up more there is a taste of spices, but still very full and heavy in taste. The wine remains incredibly fragrant and full bodied throughout the evening. The finish is long, sweet, luscious and a little sharp.
I paired this wine with the Pesto Chicken with Roman Artichokes over Linguine and it was a wonderful choice for the pesto and indeed linguine.
This wine is a good buy for an every day glass or two. A lovely choice for my evening in.