Friday, August 9, 2013

Wente Vineyards Pinot Grigio

Wente Vineyards Pinot Grigio

Have you ever wondered about the wine served on an airplane? Is it good? Bad? Just palatable enough to help the time go by (and drown out screaming children)? On my flight yesterday from DC to California I decided to find out. Coach domestic flights on Delta currently carry wines from California winemaker Wente -- I gave their Pinot Grigio the old college try.

Review: While all Pinot Grigio tends to be light bodied, it can run the gamut from full flavored to water-like. The Wente is essentially boozey lemon water -- crazy light body, with a minor note of lemon pulp and minerals. The light flavors were more or less what I expected from a non-vintage, non-geographically specific wine, but I was hoping for a better overall taste. I didn't particularly care for the Wente's finish -- the wine was fine mid-palate, but turned really harsh at the end.

Food Pairing: The Pinot Grigio has a nice acidity making it an okay pair to Delta's fruit and cheese plate.

Bottom Line:  This little 187mL bottle ran me $7 in flight -- based on my by the glass pricing this qualifies as High Priced. Under normal circumstances, this wine definitely isn't worth $7. But airplane rides are not normal, and sometimes this frequent flier needs a little something to dull the experience. On my way back east I'm going to try a red and see how it compares. Stay tuned!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: California
  • GRAPE: Pinot Grigio
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it?  Delta

What's the damage?   High Price

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