With apple aromas, a crisp finish, a light body, and a touch of minerality, it's a wonderfully refreshing wine. I paired it with baked goat cheese and apricots, but it's smooth enough to drink without food. Added bonus: the bottle has a screw cap making it perfect for parkside sipping. What's your favorite picnic wine?
I've always considered wine to be incredibly fashionable, but until I received a bottle (or two) of Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio, I didn't realize just how stylish a glass of white wine could be. With its fabulous name and fun bottle design, this Pinot Grigio was crisp, refreshing, and delightful. Like a classic little black dress, you could keep this wine as your secret weapon. Unexpected guests? No fear - you have a bottle of chilled LBD Pinot. Invited to a last minute girls' night in? Grab your LBD Pinot and call a cab. This fruity Pinot Grigio will pair nicely with most typical "white wine" dishes like seafood, spicy Asian foods, and fresh pastas. High fashion doesn't always have a huge price tag and this bottle retails for only $8.99 making it an excellent choice — you could get five bottles under 50 — for your next dinner party.
Last weekend I picked up a 4 pack of Bandit Pinot Grigio by Three Thieves. I must admit, I bought them on a whim, and I mostly bought them because they're packaged in individually portioned "juice box" containers - plus it was under $10. Each box looks an awful lot like a regular juice box (don't give this one to the kids on accident) and has a foil tab that can be removed for pouring, drinking or placing a straw.
So how did it taste? Pretty decent, nice for a hot day and the perfect companion for a picnic. I decided to drink it three ways. First I drank it directly out of the carton - I wanted to see what it would be like if you brought it on a picnic and didn't have a straw or a glass. It was surprisingly nice and light - perfect for a hot day - with slight apple and lemon flavors, however it also had that plastic "waxy carton" taste. Since that taste was not exactly a bonus flavor, I decided to try it through a straw. The flavor was about the same, only without the waxy carton taste, and I must admit, it was a lot of fun to drink wine out of a straw. Finally I poured the remainder into a glass. It was pale in color and the smell was a bit lemony and it actually tasted much nicer in the glass.
Overall, I'd say it was far from the best glass of pinot grigio, but it was also pretty far from the worst. Besides, each box is 250ml and you get 4 boxes for the price of a 750ml bottle of wine, so there is a great value/quality ratio going on. Plus, it gets more points in my book because wine in a juice box made me feel like a kid, a naughty wine drinking kid.