We’re sitting in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and it’s almost 90 degrees outside. Normally, after a round of golf in this weather, we’d have a cold beer or two. But sometimes it’s nice to have a wonderful crisp white wine on a hot day. And even nicer if you can avoid getting too dizzy too quickly.
Monte Campo Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie is just such a wine. At 12% alcohol, it doesn’t bite too hard, and at about $8.00 U.S. this is a great buy! The writeup on the bottle says:
Mainly derived from Pinot Grigio grapes this crisp, white wine has a delightful fresh lemony nose and a dry flavor with a hint of smokiness. It may be served as an aperitif and also makes a good accompaniment to salads, seafood, chicken, cream-pasta dishes or Asian dishes.
We bought our wine at Feldman’s in McAllen, Texas. It might be available in other U.S. stores – and it was sitting right beside some other Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie wines in roughly the same price range.
He said: My initial taste is apple-y, but the finish is acidic and more in the citrus vein. It’s crisp, bold and refreshing.
She said: A keeper! Once we’re in the US for longer periods of time, it will be a regular in the refrigerator!
Chablis is a wine region in France, at the north end of Burgundy in north-central France. Because it’s in the north, the wines of Chablis have the characteristics you find in colder climates: crisp with good acidity, citrusy, with mineral and green flavours. Chablis is made from the Chardonnay grape, and is aged in stainless steel, going nowhere near oak. There are 4 levels of Chablis, based on quality of the wine – usually associated with where the vines are on the hills. Here’s how Jancis Robinson describes them:
“Petit Chablis is the principal, often vapid, product of the plantings on the outskirts of Chablis proper undertaken when the Chablis growers found they were unable to keep up with international demand. Most wine produced around the pretty little village of Chablis qualifies for the straightforward Chablis appellation, which can vary considerably in quality (beware of Chablis bottled outside the region) but should usually be drunk young. Some particularly well-sited vineyards, comprising about a quarter of total Chablis production, are designated Chablis Premier Cru and represent some of the district’s most reliable buys. The very best vineyards are on the west-facing hill immediately above the village and qualify as Chablis Grand Cru.”
He said: Light straw colour with an inviting aroma, and mineral on the nose ample flavour. Crisp, with Lemon and a hint of Butterscotch. Lingering finish – 34/50 points.
She said: We usually cool our white wine in the fridge, so this wine starts to reveal itself once it warms up a tiny bit in the glass. It’s very crisp and citrusy, I didn’t get a lot of mineral in the mouth although I did get a whiff of it on the nose once the wine warmed up a touch. We’re having this with Fettuccini Alfredo, and the acid will cut through the butter in the pasta sauce quite nicely. This wine would also do well with seafood like shrimp and lobster – where the acid can counteract the richness of the dish. I was hoping to try it with a bit of Brie but Dave scarfed it yesterday. However, it does go nicely with an old white cheddar and a Blarney Castle Mild Gouda that was lurking in the crisper.
I’d love to have a bottle of this on ice sitting in the back yard on a hot summer afternoon, nibbling crackers and cheese and listening to the birds. It’s a good wine for people who like lighter white wines.
- les venerables Vieilles Vignes Chablis, La Chablisiene 2010
- 12.5% alcohol
- $24.95 per bottle in Ontario through LCBO (Item #215525)