By Kori ~ April 1st, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2008 Nobilo Regional Collection Pinot Grigio from the East Coast region of New Zealand.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Regular readers might remember that the Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc is one of our (and especially Momâ€™s) favorite go-to white wines. Well, Nobilo makes more than just Sauvignon Blanc. Their Pinot Grigio is excellent as well.
In the 1940â€™s, Nikola Nobilo emigrated from Croatia and planted some of the first commercial grapevines in New Zealand. He was one of the pioneers responsible for the worldwide popularity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. All of the wines in the Nobilo Regional Collection are made to be fresh, fruit-forward, and consumed early.
â€œLight straw in color with brilliant clarity. A perfumed bouquet of orange blossom and pear is overlaid with enticing spicy notes. Elegant and refreshing, the Nobilo Regional Collection Pinot Grigio has been crafted in an off dry style. Showing excellent weight and balance this wine has a creamy texture complemented by gentle acidity. Flavors of ripe apple, melon and pear linger on the palate in a smooth, generous finish.â€ â€“Winemakerâ€™s notes
2008 Nobilo Regional Collection Pinot Grigio (East Coast, New Zealand): Medium yellow-gold in color. Honeysuckle aromas give way to flavors of lemon-lime, melon, and pear. Medium-bodied and smooth. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, WA), $11.49; Available elsewhere, $10 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, New Zealand Wine, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25