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      13.09.2013 13:07
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      a great wine

      Ive never been a wine drinker, my tipple is cider or vodka and I enjoy both of these. Ive tried wines both red white and rose and never found one I liked, I just assumed that my palate was not for wine and so gave up, until earlier this year when I was given a bottle of this.

      Price/Availability

      Ive seen this on sale and brought from all the major supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys) and it usually retails for around £6.99 however as we know supermarkets always tend to have offers on alcohol and at some point there's a good chance one of the big 4 will have this on offer. I recently got it from Morrisons for £3.99 which is a great price and the lowest I've seen it certainly since I've been buying it. Other offers include 25% off so making it around £5, fixed price £4.50 etc, as its normally on offer somewhere I have never paid full price but if its not on offer anywhere I am lucky my local shop sells it for £4.99 so its worth checking our your local off licence as a majority of them will sell this.

      Packaging

      The label has changed slightly its different fonts but the colour is still white. The one thing I don't like about the Gallo Rose range and indeed wines in general is that they are all packaged the same the only difference is the type on the label so you have to be careful when buying and ensure you don't pick up other types. Its bottled in a clear glass bottle and is a screw top, which for me is a god send!

      Preparing

      This wine is better served chilled so I stick mine in the fridge for a good few hours then open when ready. I find that it does keep cool for a good amount of time on its own but its good to use a cooler is possible or keep on the fridge, the screw top means you can reseal it. I have mine in a wine glass about half full.

      Taste/Smell

      The White Zinfandel grape is one of the sweeter grape varieties and so the wine produced using is often medium or sweet. I myself have come to realise that my wine preference is to sweet rose/white wines, the trouble I had in the past was that I tried dry wines and didn't like them but this I really like because its much sweeter. If you smell it you can smell the lovely fruits, a real burst of sweetness which wets the appetite. Drinking it you can taste the sweet fruits, I can taste the strawberries and other fruits in it. It drinks easy and doesn't taste dry or bitter and it doesn't have a horrible after taste. I do try to sip wine when I can however I often find the first glass goes down abit to easy but I enjoy drinking it very much. Now Im no connoisseur so I don't know what it would "go" with but I enjoy drinking mine with all types of food, the only I thing I would say I that when Ive had it with a curry it can make the wine taste abit dry but I guess that's the mixture of spice and wine. But overall it works with most dishes

      Overall

      This is my favourite wine, as a person who until 6 months ago didn't drink wine its nice to find one I like. If you like sweet wines try this because this is one of the sweetest. I would say its a good wine to try is you are new to the wine world. Price wise on offer its great but I would still buy even when it isnt

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      20.12.2012 10:53

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      A great light and fruity wine which will go down far too easily

      About The Product

      Ernest & Julio Gallo White Zinfandel is a light pink wine, it comes in a 750ml bottle. The bottle has the Gallo label and some basic information regarding alcohol, this one is 9.5%. Their is a bottle top that you twist so great for the casual drinker who wants to keep this over a few days.

      Gallo was originally started by brothers Ernest & Julio Gallo in a Californian vineyard, today it is still run by the family.

      My Opinions & Experiences

      I enjoy a glass of wine after work, I find it is the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day and as of yet can find nothing else takes the edge off quite like wine. Over the years I have tried many, I have my favourites and for price to taste ratio the Gallo range are certainly one of my favourites.

      The white zinfandel has a light pink colour, removing the bottle top you get a sweet grape aroma, not too over bearing and just right. It is a very light tasting wine, not at all strong, there is a lovely blend to the taste of berries, it consists of dried cranberry, watermelon and fresh cherries and these come through a lot more after the first glass. I really enjoy the lightness of the taste and the mixed fruit lingers for a while after.

      Price varies between stores but I mostly pick it up in Tesco for £6.49.

      In Summary

      To summarise the wine is a great after work drink, but also a good gift for birthdays etc and also to take to parties. It is light and fruity and at the right end of most budgets. I would highly recommend it.

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      15.11.2012 10:58
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      a good fruity wine

      I have been enjoying the odd glass of wine lately as I'm not a drinker and have never liked the taste of wine before, but my friends come round with different bottles when we get together for a girlie night in and I have found that certain wines are quite nice to drink.

      I quite like the white wines and the rose wines as I find these are quite tastey and you don'tget the full pelt of the strength of the wine on your tongue first but the taste lingers a little and you can taste what's in the wine, whereas with the red wine I find I can't always taste what's in it .

      I really like this one, Ernest & Julio Gallo White Zinfandel as I realy like the fruits it has in it and I can taste them in the wine.

      It costs anything from £4.99 at Morrisons when it's on offer up to £6.49 in wine shops so it pays to look around and buy when you find a good offer as you can save a couple of pounds when you buy a bottle.

      It is a 750ml bottle and the wine itself is quite dark for a rose wine, but is nice and light and fruity to drink.

      It is made in California and has cranberries, watermelon and cherry fruit in it, which are all my favourite fruit and blend really well to give it a good taste that you can enjoy with a meal or just at evening with friends.

      We usually but two bottles at a time for us to share with myself and two or three of my girlie mates, so two bottles is a nice amount for a night in , I can recommend this as it's something that can be drank at an evening or with a meal, given as a present at birthdays or christmas and is not too expensive to buy if you shop around.

      I will be buying this one again .

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      04.11.2012 11:34
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      Gallo wines are always recommended and I will continue to buy and share mine

      I don't drink very often and when I do I am incredibly fussy about what wine I will drink. Gallo white zinfandel is one of just 3 wines that I will currently consider drinking as I feel that on the occasions i am going to indulge it should be with something of high quality that i can enjoy.

      Most wines are too dry for me but this is just sweet and fruity enough to make is very tasty and enjoyable whilst still being a light, refreshing wine, Often the sweeter wines can have a sherry quality to them but I think Gallo has nailed this one. I have been told that this wine is best served chilled but have to found it to be every bit as enjoyable when drunk at room temperature. I have been know to open a bottle of wine and not actually finish it until a week later and having stored an open bottle in the fridge have found the taste to be just as good as when I opened it - thus not causing me to feel I have to drink it quicker than I want to.

      I am happy to report that this does not give me a headache like many other wines do. It is a shame so few pubs or restaurants serve this wine which mostly limits it to a drink at home wine. At around £6 a bottle it is not the cheapest wine available but, as with most other things, you get what you pay for. I am happy to report that a lot of supermarket do have this wine on a half price or multi-buy offer so it is worth grabbing a couple of extra bottles when they do.

      It is a great wine for sharing with friends and my closest ones also now share my respect and love for Gallo wines and have discovered that white, red or pink they are always excellent quality and taste.

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      18.10.2012 21:58
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      Lovely and worth spending the extra money

      Now, I'm going to say something that before I begin this review and that is that I am not an alcoholic. It may appear from my tone of sheer delight when writing about this wine that I am, but it is just that this is my favourite wine in the whole wide world.

      I don't claim to be a connoiseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I know what I like and this is it. It used to be called Ernest and Julio Gallo White Zinfandel, which I think is what it is listed as here, but the company seemed to have dropped the Ernest and Julio bit in recent years and it is just Gallo. They make a couple of types of rose wine including the white grenache, but the zinfandel is much superior in my opinion.

      The wine is a lighter pink colour than some roses - almost more of a blush colour than actual pink, but it is still a perfectly nice colour - not too wishy washy like some of the cheaper and much less tasty varieties. It smells delicious. I am no Jilly Golden and I can't smell top notes of this and under currents of that, or whatever it is she can smell, but I do know that this one smells really fruity. It is very light and smells of mixed berries.

      Taste wise it is just as good. The smell of berries carries over into the taste and it makes it an easy to drink wine. You don't get even the hint of bitterness that you can get with cheap and nasty wines. It is tasty through and through, so much so that it can be a bit like you are drinking a fruity squash, which is possibly not the best thing for avoiding a hangover to be honest!

      The wine isn't the cheapest in the world at just under £6 per bottle, but I really do think in this case that you get what you pay for. They often have offers on it in the major supermarkets and I tend to look out for them because you can get it as cheap as 3 bottles for £10 if you look hard enough. I would say though it is worth every penny of the higher price anyway.

      Definitely recommended.

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      12.10.2012 10:35
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      Ernest & Julio Gallo White Zinfandel

      Being half American and coming from California I am a big fan of Californian wines. I am not the best connoisseur of wines but I know what I like and one of my favourites is this lovely "pink" wine from Ernest and Julio Gallo. 

      A white Zinfandel is actually a pink coloured wine and the pink colour comes from the way the grapes are processed. I really like pink wines as I find they are the easiest wine to drink. I love reds but they are very heavy and I have to really want to drink if I choose a red wine. White wines are lovely but can often give me a headache and quite a hangover and I think its quite easy to choose a bad white wine in a restaurant as good ones are hard to find in my opinion. A pink wine I find is really light and easy to drink, its perfect for a summers evening and this one goes down very nicely. It is crisp and fruity and has a lovely sweet taste to it.

      According to an article I read, "White Zinfandel, often abbreviated as White Zin, is an off-dry to sweet, pink-colored blush wine. White Zinfandel is made from the Zinfandel wine grape, which would otherwise produce a bold and spicy red wine. As such, it is not a grape variety but a method of processing Zinfandel grapes. As of February 2006, White Zinfandel accounted for 10% of all wine sold by volume, making it the third most popular varietal in the United States.

      I find White Zinfandel is very hard to find in restaurants in this country and I can really only find it in supermarkets which is fine for at home drinking but sometimes I would love to find it in a restaurant. Whenever I am back in California I drink tons of it because it is on every restaurant menu so I really drink it while I can. This white Zin is described as having a fruity flavour with dried cranberries, watermelon and fresh cherry and strawberry notes with sweet aromatics of raspberry and cherry. It has a medium body and 9.5% alcohol volume. It is best served at 10-12 degrees c and Gallo say that it is a brilliant match for a variety of foods such as spicy Thai noodles, mild cheese, fresh fruit salads or grilled fish. When I have this in a restaurant or at home I really like to drink it with pasta or fish such as salmon as I find the fruitiness really balances itself out with the carbohydrate taste of the pasta. 

      If you are not the biggest wine drinker I would definitely suggest this wine to you as a nice way to ease into drinking as it is something light and refreshing. 

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        12.04.2010 12:41
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        I have been doing a lot of hours at work lately and so there is nothing I like more after a long week at work than coming home to a nice glass of wine. I am not really loyal to any brands but all I know is that I like a glass of rose wine more than any other. I usually just pick a wine by the offer or what brand I know I have liked in the past but I do like to try lots of different ones as I am yet to find one that I will continuously buy. This week I purchased Gallo White Zinfandel California 2008.

        The history of the Gallo family wine is that it was originally started by the Gallo brothers Ernest & Julio from Piedmont, Italy. They didn't have a lot of money but started their vineyard in California. Nowadays there are 15 members of the Gallo family continuing on the business.

        PACKAGING

        The wrapper on the bottle isn't the most exciting of wrappers but this is not why I picked it. It has the Gallo logo on it which is very recognisable and a sketch of a vineyard with a pink edge to the label so it really does look quite sophisticated overall.

        The nutritional information for this wine is that it has 9.5% alcohol in it and to be honest this is the only information given on it. There is allergy information it contains Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites, Kosher, Organic,
        Suitable for Vegans, Suitable for Vegetarians.

        TASTE

        So, unwinding the bottle top of I get a slight strong hint of a sweet aroma of grapes. It is a lightly tinted pink liquid and has a rich look to it. I think when taking a sip I get a real taste of a fruity background with a sweetness of berries almost. It is not at all strong where you can really taste the alcohol like some but this is very light and this is what I like about it as it doesn't seem to hit me at all after a glass.

        The actual notes in this wine are dried cranberry, watermelon and fresh cherries. This is quite apparent as you then sip again it seems more prominent. It goes down very nicely. The wine is made in California and the warm temperatures encourage grapes to ripen slowly. It is recommended that you have this wine within two years of purchase, which doesn't bother me as I normally buy it to drink it within a week of purchase but I always leave it to chill in the fridge, the best way to have it.

        RECOMMEND?

        I think this wine is a nice wine to have if you want to either have a dinner party and serve a light glass to guests or even just want to unwind after a long week like myself. It isn't too strong at all and really is just nice without hitting drinkers to make them a bit tipsy. Some wines have a higher percentage and if you are on a mission to get drunk then this is not the wine for you. However I'm sure us sophisticated writers like to drink within moderation.

        COST

        This wine is available for purchase in all supermarkets as it is quite a well known brand. Tesco sell the big bottle for £6.49 that is the 750ml which isn't bad as the wine is one of the best I have tried yet. However if you don't want a big bottle you can purchase the smaller one a I sometimes to which I got at the smaller Tesco store and it is 187ml and cost about £2.19 or something alike. Having looked online I have found that Asda actually sell this wine a lot cheaper it is only £5.97 for the 750ml bottle which is quite good.

        The Gallo website is located at http://www.gallofamily.co.uk and they have a page on all of their wines as well as family history. The website recommends dining options for this wine which are spicy Thai noodles, mild cheeses, fresh fruit salads or grilled fish. There is plenty of information here and the website is easy to navigate around and also has contact details if you require further facts.

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          27.09.2009 19:19
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          A good lunchtime wine or to accompany chicken

          Although a Rose wine, the white zinfandel grape is very sweet and accounts for round about 10% of all the grapes that are produced in California.

          Earnest and Gallo produce two famous wines which is the White Grenache and the White Zinfandel. Like all the othere reviews in this category, this has to be my favourite.

          It is a very sweet wine with no bitter after taste like you get with a medium or dessert white wine. It is very light to drink (aka you realise you drink more than you expect). It is very good for someone who isnt an expert in wines as this taste isnt too harsh on the pallet like starting with red wine.

          I would recommend that this wine be eaten within something light like chicken/salad or at lunch time. It isnt too heavy to make you feel drowsy through the afternoon however be aware of how much you are drinking of it!

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          06.06.2009 12:30
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          Sweet and refreshing taste

          Ernest and Julio Gallo is the brand under which the Gallo Family Vineyards sell their wine commercially. This wine is produced with the Zinfandel grape and in particular a variety known as White Zinfandel. The Zinfandel grape is predominantly grown in California and accounts for 10% of all the grapes grown in the state. White zinfandel outsells other Zinfandel wines by over six times.

          The wine is sold in a 75 centilitre bottle and costs around just £5. The wine is largely considered as ready to drink and is not intended for storage. It is a light fruity wine that combines sweet raspberry flavour with more subtle notes of watermelon. The wine has relatively low alcoholic content of just 9.5% vol. This makes it an excellent choice for those who do not usually drink wine or want something refreshing and low in alcohol.

          This wine is an ideal accompaniment to many summer dishes or delicate meat starters. This is definitely a good choice for those summer day picnics and barbeques when served chilled.

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            29.03.2009 23:00
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            Highly Recommended

            Normally I like to start my reviews with availability and price information, but I have to dive right in here to talk about the taste of this! That's because I couldn't work out for ages just what is so nice about this wine, then I read in the description for this product that this is "a light pink wine featuring a pleasant floral aroma, fresh strawberry and juicy peach flavours". Well that's what I couldn't put my finger on - the peach flavour! It's most definetely there when you drink this gorgeous wine, along with the strong sense of strawberry.

            I think this is a particularly refreshing wine that goes down beautifully in the evenings, especially hot summer ones. Obviously I do like my lager, but it's nice to have a change sometimes and of course this is something that the Mrs likes. I'm not overly fond of the aroma of this wine I have to admit, but all is forgiven as soon as I take the first sip and am overwhelmed with just how sweet and tempting this wine is to drink.

            There are other similar wines out there including some almost close White Zinfandels, but this particular brand is my and the Mrs's first choice every time. It costs around £5 or £6 a bottle from the supermarket and every now and again you can get it on offer for a bit less. Not long ago we got three bottles from Threshers for £10 which was an absolute steal.

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              08.01.2009 15:39
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              This is a fresh delicious Rose that should please most people.

              I happened to try this wine at Pizza hut of all places whilst I was out on a family gathering. I think it was the descent price that first appealed to us all and as Rose seemed to be a compromise to the split decision over red or white it meant that we could get a couple of bottles to suit all. Firstly I was a little confused about the wine as the label states White Zinfandel and yet it's a Rose so I wasn't expecting it to be a very good wine however I was very pleasantly surprised. The colour was light and looked as though it would be a perfect summer drink; the aroma made my mouth water and had a beautiful fruity scent and then the taste, which was fresh and so full of the strawberry flavours that I have to admit all of my attention was on my glass rather than my company.
              I am not a huge wine lover and I do dislike very sharp dry wine, so for me this was such a pleasant change and in fact it was so fruity I had to take a look at the alcohol percent as I doubted the fact that it was wine.
              The alcohol level was in fact 9% and made the drink very light in my opinion but not without us all getting a little tipsy on our second glass.
              For me this is a perfect Rose as it delivers on the flavours that it is made from, which I find so rare in other wines. Also it's smooth and perfectly balanced.
              I think it would work with almost any meal and also makes a great drink on it's own.

              Normal it's priced at £5.50

              But look out for any offers as I have seen them in my local shops like Spar etc for around £3.99 or less.

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                17.07.2007 21:24
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                the best rose on the market

                ernest and julio is one of the biggest and most popular names in the world of wine. Does this make it one of the best? well for the price you pay, yes!!
                the white zinfandel is one of my favourite wines, as it is so light and fruity, and easy to drink. at under a fiver it cannot be beaten as a wine to enjoy with friends, or makes an excellent choice for lighter meals such as salads, chicken or fish dishes

                "taste the gallo family's knowledge and passion for wine, passed down through several generations, in this light, fruity white zinfandel. It blends fresh raspberry flavours with hints of watermelon. Enjoy with grilled seafood, pesto pasta sauces or mildly spiced curries"

                this is the garble from the bottle, which normally does not give an accurate description of the wine, but for me this is fairly accurate.
                On popping it open, first take in the nose. You will get fresh, clean crisp summer fruit aromas. Very good summer wine, as a lot of the californian wines tend to be. Let the wine circle the mouth, and take a little breath in over the wine as it is in your mouth. This releases the best of the flavour, and allows you to take in the raspberry flavour. Didn't get the watermelon so much myself, but more strawberries, raspberries. Very pleasant ro drink, and not to acidic, it leaves no after-taste in the mouth and as such i think it would be great for the less experienced wine drinker.
                All in all this is a cracking wine, and rose has the appeal to all types, as it tends to be the 'safer' option. In many ways this is true, but this wine is a bit more exciting than your usual plonk.
                Try it, you'll like it!G

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                  10.02.2006 16:16
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                  A very nice fruity wine....perfect with spicy foods!

                  Ernest & Julio Gallo
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                  In 1933, the Ernest & Julio Gallo winery was founded by Ernest and Julio Gallo. These days it is still a family run business with offices and markets all over the world.

                  The grapes for all of their wines are grown and harvested in all of the important wine producing regions of California, eg Napa Valley, Sonoma.

                  In 1985 Ernest's son Joseph established the first International offices here in the UK. Nowadays they sell their fine wines to over 90 countries!
                  (information gathered from the Gallo website)

                  So onto the wine itself…..

                  Ernest & Julio Gallo 2004 White Zinfandel.
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                  In my opinion this is a wine best served chilled!

                  It is from the Sierra Valley region of California and is a 750ml bottle. You may be mistaken by the name and think this is a white coloured wine, but it is in fact a rosé wine.

                  Now I am by no means a wine connoisseur but I do know what I like and dislike so this is based on my personal opinion and not an expert opinion.

                  Look
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                  This is in a clear bottle so you can see the gorgeous looking rose pink transparent coloured wine, it is also a cork top bottle so you will need a corkscrew to open it! The cork is not actual cork but one of those rubber feeling cork (sorry not sure of the actual name for it) and makes a nice little popping noise when you get it open….this is very easy to open also…..I hate when I try to open a bottle of wine and it takes forever to get open!!!

                  Smell
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                  The first thing I do when opening a bottle of wine is give it the sniff test…..I can usually tell if I'm going to like a wine by just smelling it….although have been proven wrong on a couple of occasions. This wine has a very fruity smell, not too overpowering and smells quite sweet. The fruits smell like summer fruits, like raspberries and blackberries and strawberries.

                  Taste
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                  As with the initial aroma of summer fruits there is a definite taste of the same fruits with the very first sip. I drank this wine with some curried chicken and rice and it went quite well with this, I then had another glass….(in the interests of research you understand?) without eating anything and this is when I discovered just how much the taste of strawberries and blackberries comes through…..To be honest I couldn't taste the raspberries! But it didn't deflect from the wine in any way.

                  This is a very light wine which is very easy to drink…..perhaps too easy(!)

                  It is recommended that you drink it chilled (8°-10°C) and can drink it along with a variety of foods…spicy, mild cheeses, fruit salads (must try it with this) or seafood (no thanks)

                  I received a bottle of this for Christmas and this was my first taste of Zinfandel, before that I'd always stuck to Chardonnay's and Sauvignon's, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. (Call me naïve but I had always thought rosé wines were the same as red's which I haven't found one yet that I've liked)

                  The alcohol content of this bottle is 9.5% alc/vol, which I think is about average?
                  Have included this information I found on the website too

                  It contains 2.8g - 2.9g of residual sugar per 100ml(?) not entirely sure what this means but thought I'd include it for anyone who does!
                  It also has an aging potential of 9 months maximum!

                  Overall Opinion
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                  I would recommend this to anyone who likes a light crisp wine that has a nice taste and doesn't like anything too strong. This seems a very fresh wine and leaves a lovely fruity aftertaste also which in my mind is better as some wines can leave a rather bitter after taste!

                  It is available from most major off licence stores and supermarkets
                  I bought my bottle from Tesco for only £3.99 so is definitely a bargain…especially if like me you are strapped for cash (student)

                  There are also a lot of different variety's of wine from Ernest & Julio Gallo. I have tried a few of them too and this is so far my favourite…..

                  Thank you for reading my first wine review!
                  Hope you enjoyed!

                  Michelle x

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                  A light pink wine featuring a pleasant floral aroma, fresh strawberry and juicy peach flavors, and a delicate finish.