Review: San Angelo Pinot Grigio

Whining Down:
Have you ever noticed that people can describe a wine by throwing out just about any word they please? For example, my husband may sip a wine and say it is “doable” while a friend of mine (who REALLY enjoys her wine) will eloquently describe it as “unctuous” or “sensoriously evasive”. Ok, I may have jammed up the second example, but you get what I mean. In “wine speak”, sometimes it is difficult to find the best words to illustrate what the flip you are tasting. When you find yourself at a loss for appropriate wine terminology, moms (in particular) have an advantage.
You see, as parents, we have built up an expansive vocabulary that can be very useful in the wine world. Take the word complex. As a mom, I would use complex in the following context: “My daughter’s behavior is quite complex. One minute she is reading quietly, and the next she is wearing the book as a hat.” As a wine enthusiast, I would say: “I really enjoyed that San Angelo Pinot. I couldn’t decipher whether the nose was apples and lemons, or peaches and pears. It was quite complex.” Here is another scenario using the word ‘chewy’.  As a mom I would say, “I know she is cutting teeth. She has been very chewy lately.” In the wine world: “Wow! This San Angelo Pinot is very light and crisp. Far better than the chewy Malbec I had earlier in the week.”
The heat of the August sun begs for some light, cold, and refreshing big girl juice, and I am pretty sure the San Angelo Pinot Grigio will speak for itself…and you probably should let it after a couple of glasses.
Vineyard:  Castello Banfi.  Tuscany, Italy
Year:  2009
Alc: 12.5%
Price: $16.99
Prescription: “My precocious children have overripe mouthfeels that need to be corked quickly, or else mom’s balanced and full-bodied structure will be become volatile and aggressive.”
Review: I am a fan of Pinot Grigio. There, I said it and I own it. I wanted to stock my refrigerator with more white wines these days, so I reached for the San Angelo Pinot Grigio because it had a mid-range price tag with an Italian background.
See Jane see: The color is a light yellow.
See Jane Swirl:  Legs are streaky and fast moving. Think Lady GaGa.
See Jane Smell:  A fragrant bouquet of apples and lemon.
See Jane Sip:  Flavors of apple and lime, as well as pears.
See Jane Swallow:  Crisp and refreshing with an acidic finish.
Rating:  Having spent mid-range dollars, the taste seems underpriced! 4 out of 5 “kids driving me to drink this” worthy.
Pairing:  with that seemingly complex chicken or fish dish that only requires 3 ingredients to make.

Whining Down:

Have you ever noticed that people can describe a wine by throwing out just about any word they please? For example, my husband may sip a wine and say it is “doable” while a friend of mine (who REALLY enjoys her wine) will eloquently describe it as “unctuous” or “sensoriously evasive”. Ok, I may have jammed up the second example, but you get what I mean. In “wine speak”, sometimes it is difficult to find the best words to illustrate what the flip you are tasting. When you find yourself at a loss for appropriate wine terminology, moms (in particular) have an advantage.

You see, as parents, we have built up an expansive vocabulary that can be very useful in the wine world. Take the word complex. As a mom, I would use complex in the following context: “My daughter’s behavior is quite complex. One minute she is reading quietly, and the next she is wearing the book as a hat.” As a wine enthusiast, I would say: “I really enjoyed that San Angelo Pinot. I couldn’t decipher whether the nose was apples and lemons, or peaches and pears. It was quite complex.” Here is another scenario using the word ‘chewy’.  As a mom I would say, “I know she is cutting teeth. She has been very chewy lately.” In the wine world: “Wow! This San Angelo Pinot is very light and crisp. Far better than the chewy Malbec I had earlier in the week.

The heat of the August sun begs for some light, cold, and refreshing big girl juice, and I am pretty sure the San Angelo Pinot Grigio will speak for itself…and you probably should let it after a couple of glasses.

sanangeloVineyard: Castello Banfi.  Tuscany, Italy

Year: 2009

Alc: 12.5%

Price: $16.99

Prescription: “My precocious children have overripe mouthfeels that need to be corked quickly, or else mom’s balanced and full-bodied structure will be become volatile and aggressive.”

Review:

I am a fan of Pinot Grigio. There, I said it and I own it. I wanted to stock my refrigerator with more white wines these days, so I reached for the San Angelo Pinot Grigio because it had a mid-range price tag with an Italian background.

See Jane see: The color is a light yellow.

See Jane Swirl: Legs are streaky and fast moving. Think Lady GaGa.

See Jane Smell:  A fragrant bouquet of apples and lemon.

See Jane Sip:  Flavors of apple and lime, as well as pears.

See Jane Swallow: Crisp and refreshing with an acidic finish.

Rating: Having spent mid-range dollars, the taste seems underpriced! 4 out of 5 “kids driving me to drink this” worthy.

Pairing: with that seemingly complex chicken or fish dish that only requires 3 ingredients to make.

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Janna is a professional parent of three girls ages 6, 4, and 1. Prior to earning an income of macaroni necklaces and bead bracelets, she was a teacher and field hockey coach. She was also employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board where her love for wine was uncorked. She knows enough about wine to differentiate between a cheap price tag and a great buy, but there is so much more she wants to learn. Janna loves Facebook, reality TV, reading, baking, and dancing. She will also rip off her left arm rather than miss a Girls Night Out.