Contadino Pinot Grigio Review | Trader Joe’s Wine
I rarely drink Pinot Grigio and am somewhat guilty of partaking in the widespread belief that most low-end Pinot Grigio’s are insipid, watery and just plain boring. Having said that, there are certainly times when you want a wine that is crisp, refreshing and light and the popularity of the Contadino Pinot Grigio in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section piqued my interest.
Hailing from Northern Italy and ringing in at under $6, the Contadino Pinot Grigio is certainly priced like a value-oriented offering. But just by virtue of being inexpensive does not necessarily make it a good value, and I’m quite curious to see just how good the Contadino Pinot Grigio really is!
Appearance: Pale yellow with flecks of green.
Nose: There are fresh, clean aromas of white flowers, green pear and lemon meringue.
On the palate: The Contadino Pinot Grigio is soft and refreshing with a light to medium body. There are notes of apple, pear and grapefruit supported by an oily citrus profile. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice streak of minerality and just a hint of acid.
Varietal Composition: Pinot Grigio
Origin: Venezie, Italy.
Value Rating: 5 / 5
Where I got it: Trader Joe’s (Clarendon, VA)
Should you buy? Absolutely! The Contadino Pinot Grigio 2013 is an excellent value and a fine iteration of this Italian varietal. Make this your go-to ‘Summer Sipper’.
Value Proposition – Contadino Pinot Grigio | Trader Joe’s Wine
I am pleased to report that the Contadino Pinot Grigio is neither dull or insipid and is definitely a nice value. I could drink the entire bottle by myself on a hot summer day – and not because it reminds me of Evian! It’s offers the tremendous combination of being interesting, quaffable and refreshing at a very reasonable price point.
I suggest you blind taste the Contadino Pinot Grigio against the ubiquitous Cavit Pinot Grigio and you’ll be shocked by the difference in quality at the same price point. While I wouldn’t exactly call it complex, the Contadino Pinot Grigio is never watery, unbalanced or one-dimensional. It offers an appealing flavor profile that begs for another sip. Find it in your Trader Joe’s Wine Section.