La Famiglia Pinot Grigio

The nose is promising, with citrus, honeydew, and some sweet tropical fruit. There’s a nice acidity on the palate, though we would have liked a little more fruit. Nevertheless, for five bucks, this is a fairly priced, simple summer sipper.

Antica Corte Garganega Pinot Grigio

A casual glance at this bottle suggests it’s a Pinot Grigio, but a closer look reveals that it is in fact 80% Garganega, and only 20% Pinot Grigio. The nose has some tropical fruit notes with hints of yeast and melon. While the palate does not offer much fruit, it is bright and acidic, with a bit of honeydew. (more…)

Emergence White Wine

Although we generally prefer white wines with a bit of acidity, we did enjoy this fuller-bodied offering from Paso Robles. This blend–consisting of Grenache Blanc (33%), Marsanne (29%), Viognier (25%), and Roussanne (13%)–has an enticing nose of peach, cobblestone, and subtle floral notes. (more…)

Tres Pinos Three Pines Cuvee

This white wine from San Luis Obispo is composed of Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and Viognier.  The nose offers hints of peach and pear, but the fruit is easily overwhelmed by petroleum. We found the palate to be flabby and unimpressive.

Brancott Sauvingon Blanc

Although, we are usually fans of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, this particular bottle is an exception. The nose is pungent grass, vinegar and vegetable, with unidentifiable and equally unpersuasive fruit lurking in the background. If you are still skeptical about this wines flavor potential, be forewarned, it is pure pickle juice on the palate. When warmer weather beckons for a refreshing white, skip Brancott and turn to this previously reviewed wine.