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I bought a couple of bottles of La Gioiosa Pinot Grigio Blush last weekend when we were having a family barbecue in this lovely weather we've been having. I hadn't tried it before, but I do enjoy a glass of pinot grigio and this was reduced - and so it seemed like a good time to try it. In Tesco, a 750cl bottle was reduced from £6.99 to just £5.00, making it one of the cheapest pinot grigio's on the shelf. I have to admit that I enjoy wine but I'm not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination and so it would be a waste to buy an expensive bottle!
The packaging of the wine is pleasant enough and, although it's simple, it looks well designed and classic. The bottle is clear and so it's possible to see that the wine is a pale rose colour and looks clear and without sediment. It has a screw top lid and for sheer convenience I always have a silent cheer to myself when I don't have to get out the corkscrew.
The bumf on the back of the bottle tells you a little bit about the wine - namely that it is described as "peachy", that it contains 1 unit per 100mls and that it was a 2009 batch......pretty standard stuff really and nothing that really grabs my attention that this wine is different or special when compared to many others.
And I think that sums it up really. The aroma and the taste is okay, it's perfectly acceptable and drinkable, but there is nothing that makes me think that I would particularly seek this bottle of wine out again. It does smell and taste quite fruity (although I'm afraid the peach eludes me!) and it has a light and summery taste - but for me it's just a little bland and nondescript. I was surprised that it wasn't particularly sweet, intact it was much more towards the dry side of things, and this did leave a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste......which another sip will get rid of!
What more can I say? It's okay, but save the fireworks!
When it comes to wine I am the first to admit I'm a bit of a novice about it all really. I enjoy very few wines and am rather fussy and so when I spotted this in Asda costing £5.00 a bottle and looking like a quality looking bottle and being blush (my preferred choice) I thought it was worth a go with a dvd and a flatmate one night!
The bottle is clear glass and holds 75cl and has a silver screw on/off cap to the top of it. Around the base of the neck I am told that it is La Gioiosa several times in black writing on a silver label. Down the front of the bottle on a white and burgundy label I am again told it it La Gioiosa Et Amorosa, Pinot Grigio Blush 'Veneto' and that it is a 2009 wine and a product of Italy and that 'La Gioiosa Et Amorosa' derives from a 14th century poet's description of the region near Treviso known as Marca Trecigiana. It describes the area's joyful lifestyle and love of good wines. On the back label other information listed includes being told a little more about the wine and the website for the manufacturer is stated (www.lagioiosaforlife.com) and I'm told that wine contains 1 unit of alcohol per 10ml serving and in the whole bottle there is 9 units and that overall it contains 12% alcohol. Classy enough looking bottle this one that doesn't look like a cheap bottle of plonk!
A Bit Of Information About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Delicate peachy aroma with tropical fruit flavours. Perfect with seafood, salads or as an aperitif. Serve chilled.
The Wine Itself:
A very thin looking light pinky/orangy coloured liquid and as soon as you open this up you get a subtle whiff of tropical fruits more than the peachy smell. In the bottle it is slightly sparkling, you can hear it gently popping its bubbles, though when poured it becomes still.
Taste wise well I can't detect any distinctive fruit tastes really. There is some but what happens is that to me, this wine is rather bitter and the flatness of it adds to that and it's actually rather dry. It is best served chilled cos served at room temperature I find it vile and if you put ice in it, it simply dilutes it too much.
For me this is a sour and bitter wine and really just tastes of alcohol and no rounded flavours. Personally I'd rather drink Sarson's thanks!
Available in all good supermarkets, off licenses etc priced at around £5.00 a bottle.
Brand: La Gioiosa / Type: Wines