Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

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#1 Post by Paul Miller » December 1st, 2018, 11:21 am

Aldi, the discount grocery store chain that also owns Trader Joe's, put together an "Advent Calendar" for adults. It's a case of 24 small bottles of wine (187ml), a variety of reds and whites from all over the world. They started selling them locally on Nov. 7 at 9:00 AM. By 8:58 they were all gone.

There were a few news stories about it, and my wife convinced me to go get us one. There is an Aldi just 2-3 blocks from our house, so I walked over. She said they would sell out immediately, as each store only got a few. So I made sure I was there before 9:00 to be there when the store opened.

I got there early, and the store had opened early. I went in and started looking for the "calendars," and soon realized everyone else was scurrying around looking for them as well. Well, they had them at the checkout, and you had to get a number, like it was a golden certificate. Three or four people had gotten theirs, and then the rest of us figured out how it worked. A line formed, and we had to wait for them to purchase theirs first. I was first in the new line, and maybe only another 3-4 were able to buy one - they had that few in the store, and you could only buy one. We were joking in line about everyone swarming over a box of cheap-ass wines. But, hey, what Christmas without drinking a lot of cheap liquor.


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As I said, the "calendar" is actually a case of small bottles, 24 187ml bottles, that I then lugged a half mile back home.


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The top of the box has a number for each day, and you punch-out the tab and pull-out the bottle. Note to Aldi for next year - those tabs do NOT want to come off easily.


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It's easier to slice open one side of the box and go straight for the bottles.

Today being December 1, is Day-1. I'll post TNs. Temper your excitement. My expectations aren't very high.

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#2 Post by Jim Brennan » December 1st, 2018, 12:21 pm

You should get some Lunchmate to go with the wine, sort of their version of charcuterie

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#3 Post by Paul Miller » December 1st, 2018, 12:40 pm

Jim Brennan wrote:
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You should get some Lunchmate to go with the wine, sort of their version of charcuterie
I also got their cheese calendar. Not sure if they are aligned to pair or not.

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#4 Post by Jim Brennan » December 1st, 2018, 2:01 pm

That has win written all over it! :-)

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#5 Post by Jud Reis » December 1st, 2018, 2:44 pm

Do you have a disgusting “thunder bucket” in case you need to dump some of the wines?

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#6 Post by Paul Miller » December 1st, 2018, 2:59 pm

Day-1 Prosecco
Italy
11%
Part of the "Festive Collection" [shrug.gif]

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First thoughts were that this wine is VERY fizzy, wants to explode in your mouth. Otherwise, crisp and dry. Very much on the pectin side, lots of pear flavor. Light, straw color. Towards the end, it began to get a bit yeasty.

Not bad; it's drinkable. I wouldn't race over to buy more of it. That said, I would have thought the bottles would be of wines they sell, or labeled that way - so if I liked this, which Prosecco there is this one?


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#7 Post by Victor Hong » December 1st, 2018, 3:49 pm

Is there a similar calendar for a box of fresh but aging chicken, as wine pairing?
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#8 Post by Markus S » December 1st, 2018, 6:39 pm

Victor Hong wrote:
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Is there a similar calendar for a box of fresh but aging chicken, as wine pairing?
"Aging chicken"? Like steak? [barf1.gif]
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#9 Post by Cris Whetstone » December 2nd, 2018, 1:07 am

Jim Brennan wrote:
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You should get some Lunchmate to go with the wine, sort of their version of charcuterie
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#10 Post by Robert M yers » December 2nd, 2018, 5:51 am

Kind of a cool idea if someone could put decent wine in one. How much did it cost?

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#11 Post by CJ Beazley » December 2nd, 2018, 5:57 am

Paul, what kind of closure is that? Did it twist off?
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#12 Post by John Glas » December 2nd, 2018, 6:35 am

I look forward to the daily review. I am surprised they don't make a ton of them. I could see a large population of wine drinkers who would love this. As mentioned above it would be cool to see this with better wines. I could see something from Washington State that offers some good, not great producers at a reasonable price.
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#13 Post by Paul Miller » December 2nd, 2018, 7:37 am

Robert, it cost about $70.

Craig, it was a giant plastic twist off. I’ve seen these on other lesser priced sparklers. I putzed with it for a bit expecting a pop. In the end it just twisted off with little fanfare.

I find the idea of a box like this kind of fascinating as well. I’ve seen online a couple of other versions of a wine calendar. What I’ve seen more of are calendars with whiskey. $70 is more than this thing is worth. Some of the whiskey ones can get really expensive. I’ll try to find the website for one of the others.

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#14 Post by Paul Miller » December 2nd, 2018, 2:25 pm

Day-2 Cabernet Sauvignon
from South Australia
Non Vintage, 13.5%

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Not much aroma, nothing much on the nose. First taste I was kinda, "Hmmm..." but it did begin to smooth out some. Black fruits, some smoke and tar, with a touch of cinnamon, and a little vanilla. Had a meaty profile. Thought to myself that this might make a nice marinade wine. It slowly got better to the point of an ok wine at the hotel bar, or at a business reception.

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#15 Post by Paul Miller » December 2nd, 2018, 2:33 pm

John Glas wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 6:35 am
I look forward to the daily review. I am surprised they don't make a ton of them. I could see a large population of wine drinkers who would love this. As mentioned above it would be cool to see this with better wines. I could see something from Washington State that offers some good, not great producers at a reasonable price.
Here is one place I was thinking of:

https://www.drinksbythedram.com/advent-calendars/

They got quite a bit of press last year, but they are based in the UK.

Some others:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisu ... calendars/
https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drin ... ol-liquor/

I've seen some other wine ones that come in tubes. I'm betting some of these outfits are buying bottles of wine/whiskey/etc. and then pouring them into small bottles. Just a guess. Just google for "liquor advent calendars" or something similar and you'll get a lot of hits.

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#16 Post by EricE » December 2nd, 2018, 8:36 pm

Thought to myself that this might make a nice marinade wine.

[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] That’s awesome!
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#17 Post by Ron Slye » December 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm

EricE wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 8:36 pm
Thought to myself that this might make a nice marinade wine.

[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] That’s awesome!
I just read that whole tasting note to my wife. The hotel bar and business reception -- perfect and classic. Thanks for taking one (or 24?) for the team.

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#18 Post by matthias h » December 3rd, 2018, 2:01 am

paul,

with reference to the no.1 berserker thread of all times, please add some pics of your wine adventures !

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i've been following this site for a looong time and love it; this beeing my first post, TNs are to follow !

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#19 Post by Paul Miller » December 3rd, 2018, 7:28 pm

Day-3 Chardonnay
Australia
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Golden color. Somewhat floral aroma. Toasty. Medium/full body, soft, a little creamy, a little waxy. Not much else. Got to be honest - this just tasted like hot Chard. I'm not a big Chard drinker to begin with (somewhat ABC), and this just reminded me of why I don't drink much Chard.

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#20 Post by Mark Y » December 3rd, 2018, 8:38 pm

No ripe tropical fruit with bursts of melon and peach? Damn it! False advertising...
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#21 Post by Sean Malloy » December 4th, 2018, 5:20 am

Love this thread...keep it going. We saw this but were way too late to get it...great marketing idea for Aldi....I'm sure it will be bigger next year. We did get an advent calendar of cheese from a local artisanal cheese shop. Three for three delicious....but wish I had a wine calendar to go with it.

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#22 Post by Anton D » December 4th, 2018, 5:25 pm

Genius idea, Paul. Thank you!
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#23 Post by John Glas » December 4th, 2018, 5:38 pm

I guessing a South American gem next to keep the Southern Hemisphere theme going or could it be a Pinotage from South Africa?
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#24 Post by Paul Miller » December 5th, 2018, 9:19 am

Day-4 Pinot Grigio
Italy
12%

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Nice, fresh, clean aroma. Some pectin flavors, bordering on pears. A little dirt and minerality (maybe that's the spice). Just not very crisp (maybe that's the hazelnuts). IMO Pinot Grigio can be hit and miss, and is seldom a "great" wine. My expectations are usually not very high. However, with a little air and food, was more approachable. This is not a bad wine, but most definitely not great. This is squarely a generic white wine. If you're needing a cheap white to serve that won't be objectionable, this could be it.

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#25 Post by Ron Slye » December 5th, 2018, 12:14 pm

Perhaps the problem is that you are using high quality glassware. Maybe try a tumbler? :-)

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#26 Post by Paul Miller » December 5th, 2018, 1:21 pm

Ron Slye wrote:
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Perhaps the problem is that you are using high quality glassware. Maybe try a tumbler? :-)
Trying to give these wines every chance to shine

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#27 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 5th, 2018, 1:23 pm

I heart this thread
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#28 Post by Ron Slye » December 5th, 2018, 7:54 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Perhaps the problem is that you are using high quality glassware. Maybe try a tumbler? :-)
Trying to give these wines every chance to shine
I definitely appreciate that. BUT, my experience is that nice glassware with mediocore wine tends to emphasize the..... mediocrity. It is like a forest that has some clear cut -- from a distance it looks fine, but when you zero in, it looks terrible........

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#29 Post by Paul Miller » December 5th, 2018, 8:27 pm

Tomorrow I’ll test the hypothesis.

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#30 Post by Paul Miller » December 5th, 2018, 9:03 pm

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Day-5 Merlot
Chile - Valle Central
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Popped and poured; no decant. Pretty red color. Some dark and red fruits on the nose. Fruit-forward wine, blackberry, blueberry. Some earth notes, a bit dusty. First of the wines with some nice acidity, although a bit of a bite (maybe it needs to be decanted?). This is the best wine so far. Nothing complex about it, nice quaff. Could probably serve this at a party with no complaints.

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#31 Post by Ron Slye » December 5th, 2018, 9:35 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Tomorrow I’ll test the hypothesis.
I am I guess serious, but don't think you need to be that serious! :-)

On a serious note, I appreciate how you are treating these wines seriously. It would be quite easy to make fun of the whole thing. But it seems that some are not terrible -- i,e, the most recent Merlot.

Thanks again for doing this, It is both informative and entertaining.

Edit -- I see the bottles do not say anything about the wine maker/winery. Is that information available, or do you just know that it is Chile, etc.

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#32 Post by Paul Miller » December 6th, 2018, 4:56 am

Ron Slye wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 9:35 pm
Paul Miller wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Tomorrow I’ll test the hypothesis.
I am I guess serious, but don't think you need to be that serious! :-)

On a serious note, I appreciate how you are treating these wines seriously. It would be quite easy to make fun of the whole thing. But it seems that some are not terrible -- i,e, the most recent Merlot.

Thanks again for doing this, It is both informative and entertaining.

Edit -- I see the bottles do not say anything about the wine maker/winery. Is that information available, or do you just know that it is Chile, etc.
Honestly, the information on the back of the bottles is all there is. Nothing about winery, winemaker, vineyard, AVA, etc. That’s it. One of my disappointments is that they are all labeled Festive Collection. If I were to like one of them, I’m not sure I could find it in the store.

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#33 Post by Jim Stewart » December 6th, 2018, 5:10 am

Paul Miller wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 4:56 am
Ron Slye wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 9:35 pm
Paul Miller wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Tomorrow I’ll test the hypothesis.
I am I guess serious, but don't think you need to be that serious! :-)

On a serious note, I appreciate how you are treating these wines seriously. It would be quite easy to make fun of the whole thing. But it seems that some are not terrible -- i,e, the most recent Merlot.

Thanks again for doing this, It is both informative and entertaining.

Edit -- I see the bottles do not say anything about the wine maker/winery. Is that information available, or do you just know that it is Chile, etc.
Honestly, the information on the back of the bottles is all there is. Nothing about winery, winemaker, vineyard, AVA, etc. That’s it. One of my disappointments is that they are all labeled Festive Collection. If I were to like one of them, I’m not sure I could find it in the store.
Perhaps that is intentional, and the collection is presented as a way to enjoy this season in a non-commercial way, not as advertisements for future wine purchases. Why not think of it as the "Festivus" Collection. Open the 24th bottle with an "airing of grievances".
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#34 Post by Karl K » December 6th, 2018, 5:50 am

I am glad you are taking it serious too; good to know the Merlot does not need decanting.
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#35 Post by TimF » December 6th, 2018, 7:08 am

The only thing this thread is missing is a photo of a dirty toilet for pouring the wine out.
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#36 Post by Rajesh P a r i k h » December 6th, 2018, 7:21 am

I'm really enjoying following this.

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#37 Post by Rich Brown » December 6th, 2018, 8:15 am

Yeah this is just an awesome thread.

I think I enjoy reading this almost as much as my kids enjoy eating the candy from their advent calendars every day ;)

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#38 Post by Anton D » December 6th, 2018, 8:21 am

TimF wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 7:08 am
The only thing this thread is missing is a photo of a dirty toilet for pouring the wine out.
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#39 Post by Paul Miller » December 7th, 2018, 8:56 am

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Day-6
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12.5%

If you served this to me blind, I would have guessed a California Zin. Maybe I've had too many over-the-top Shiraz from Australia, or too many impersonating Cabs. This is definitely not a Mollydooker Shiraz (maybe I should have shaken it).

Some tart red fruit on the nose. Flavors of brambly fruit, blackberry, raspberry. Spice and pepper, definitely a spicy wine. Somewhat tight, tart, austere. Thinner purple color than the previous reds.

This is actually not a bad wine, if you're looking for a substitute to a $12 Zin.

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#40 Post by Corey N. » December 7th, 2018, 9:21 am

I just saw this thread -- great idea! I am bummed I missed out on the opportunity to do a wine advent calendar, though I believe Costco has a beer advent and Binny's has one with whiskey.


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#41 Post by Mark Y » December 7th, 2018, 9:25 am

This thread is gaining momentum. Becoming daily must read!
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#42 Post by Paul Miller » December 8th, 2018, 3:56 pm

Finally! A wine from the US, and it's a...

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White Zin! [cry.gif]

Day-7 White Zinfandel
United States of America (California)
11%

I honestly don't remember the last time I've had a White Zin. Maybe college? Surely I've had one at some event, dinner, reception? I simply can't recall the last one, so I don't have much of a comparison.

So going in, my expectations were very low, and this wine did not disappoint. It's not good. Strawberry, a lot of strawberry, and a little watermelon. I kept closing my eyes and tried to imagine it was a Rose, to no avail. Reminded me of a cheap rose mixed with cheap Gamay. Seemed "chewy." Label says it is "lively... with crisp acidity." It's not.

There are 24 bottles in the case, with 12 different wines. So I have this to look forward to again. [cry.gif]

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#43 Post by CJ Beazley » December 8th, 2018, 4:05 pm

Sorry about the ‘swing and a miss’ Paul, but I have really enjoyed following this.
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#44 Post by Paul Miller » December 9th, 2018, 4:09 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Day-5 Merlot
Chile - Valle Central
12.5%

Popped and poured; no decant. Pretty red color. Some dark and red fruits on the nose. Fruit-forward wine, blackberry, blueberry. Some earth notes, a bit dusty. First of the wines with some nice acidity, although a bit of a bite (maybe it needs to be decanted?). This is the best wine so far. Nothing complex about it, nice quaff. Could probably serve this at a party with no complaints.
As I noted above, there are 24 bottles, but two of each. This is my first repeat (dreading the White Zin).

Day-8
Merlot again
Chile - Valle Central
still 12.5%

Since a repeat, not posting a pic or going into too much detail. Last time I put into my wine cellar ahead of time. This time I pulled it straight from the box at room temperature. I think chilling would have helped. All the Aldi wines have been a bit tight and tart, and so is this one. Maybe I will give a future repeat some more air and time. This Merlot, again, showed mostly blueberry. Again, not a bad quaff.

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#45 Post by Paul Miller » December 9th, 2018, 4:33 pm

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Interesting line-up. If only that "worst wine of the year" thread had popped in the right order.

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#46 Post by Paul Miller » December 10th, 2018, 11:12 am

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Day-9
Malbec
Argentina, San Juan
13%

Popped and poured, no decant, served at cellar temp. An Ok wine. Dark color. Some menthol, some herbiness, a little "green," some tobacco. Also, some chocolate, cola, dried red fruit. Some tannin. As like many of the others, tart and tight, but one of the few in which I could actually come up with multiple descriptors. Again, an ok wine.

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Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

#47 Post by Corey N. » December 10th, 2018, 12:43 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 3:56 pm
There are 24 bottles in the case, with 12 different wines. So I have this to look forward to again. [cry.gif]
The additional two weeks of aging makes all the difference.
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Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

#48 Post by Paul Miller » December 10th, 2018, 8:20 pm

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Day-10
Chenin Blanc
South Africa, Western Cape
12.5%

I haven't had many Chenin Blancs, so not much basis to go on. But without knowing what this was, in a blind tasting, I would have pegged this for a cheap Chard. Light, gold color. Not a lot of aroma. Some toast, some creaminess, some butter. Also some pectin, more on the green apple side. My wife was ok with this wine, but it just didn't do anything for me.

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Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

#49 Post by Sean Malloy » December 11th, 2018, 5:06 am

Just caught up on the thread, and now I'm really upset. I get that it's cheap and they are saving money, but c'mon. No self respecting advent calendar has repeats. Darn it.

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Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

#50 Post by Paul Miller » December 11th, 2018, 5:42 pm

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December 5th, 2018, 9:19 am
Day-4 Pinot Grigio
Italy
12%

Nice, fresh, clean aroma. Some pectin flavors, bordering on pears. A little dirt and minerality (maybe that's the spice). Just not very crisp (maybe that's the hazelnuts). IMO Pinot Grigio can be hit and miss, and is seldom a "great" wine. My expectations are usually not very high. However, with a little air and food, was more approachable. This is not a bad wine, but most definitely not great. This is squarely a generic white wine. If you're needing a cheap white to serve that won't be objectionable, this could be it.
Day-11
Pinot Grigio

This is another repeat (2 of everything).

Second time around: Light, straw color. Soft, but seems brighter this time. Some pectin, lemon, and tea. Again, not a bad wine, just nothing I would race back to the store for.

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