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johnnywaves Aug 26, 2006 02:10 PM

I know nothing about wine. I'd like to get a couple inexpensive bottles of Pinot Grigio to have around. Any suggestions? lets say $7-12 range

  1. rumgum Aug 26, 2006 04:24 PM

    Ecco Domani is very inexpensive and is a great 'starter' wine for those less experienced. It has enough character to cook with as well. You can find it in most supermarkets. Have fun!

    1. MMRuth Aug 28, 2006 01:59 PM


      Link to NYT article on Pinot Grigio last week - the second best was $10. We've been drinking Livio Felluga Colli Orientali del Friuli 2004, which was also listed, but about $23 - left over from vacation splurge.

      1. themis Aug 28, 2006 03:30 PM

        This may get me crucified, but I really like the boxed pinot grigio that Target carries. About a year ago I went on a kick to see if any of the new box brands had truly stepped up the game, as at that point many were predicting that boxes would be the next big thing. I tasted a lot of disappointments, but the only rave was the Target pinot grigio, which more than held its own against all the mid-range, domestically available brands I've tried. I would not be ashamed to serve it at my table.

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          johnnywaves Aug 28, 2006 04:50 PM

          Don't worry you won't be crucified by me. I appreciate your advice,... but I do want to have it around for this girl I'm seeing and a box might not impress her...
          When I get to know her better maybe I'll find a box.

          1. frenetica Sep 14, 2006 03:52 PM

            Don't shoot me for suggesting an alternative! Another clean white wine (comparable to Pinot Grigio because it's bright, fresh and straightforward, but far less watery and boring than many of them can be...) is Hofer Gruner Veltliner. It usually sells for between $9-10 a litre and comes in a distinctive green bottle with a bottle cap instead of a cork. It's kind of "fancy", I guess, because it's Austrian and biodynamic - but it's still my go-to basic white under 10 bucks.

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            1. re: frenetica
              rtmonty Sep 15, 2006 02:40 AM

              I'd second this wine. Really interesting with the"bottle cap" on it, no cork, no twist off. The price is outstanding and it drinks wonderfully.

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              melly Sep 16, 2006 05:18 AM

              Santa Margharita (sp?) is the best pinot grigio. If you want to impress her, buy a bottle.

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              1. re: melly
                Winemark Sep 16, 2006 12:10 PM

                Santa Margherita is a very well marketed mediocre wine. They were the first on the block and do benefit from that. However the quality has been going down hill for years in order to meet demand. I believe it is made at a co operative and it is certainly not an Estate grown wine. There are many other PG's that outshine Santa at a fraction of the price.

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                  melly Sep 18, 2006 04:34 AM

                  Great! What is your favorite? The ones I've purchased were not as good...but then I am just learning about wine. I still like Santa M.

                2. re: melly
                  Shooley Sep 18, 2006 12:29 PM

                  Santa Margherita is over-priced. Pinot Grigio is not a serious wine and good examples can be had for far less than what you usually pay for SM.

                  1. re: Shooley
                    melly Sep 19, 2006 03:29 AM

                    What do you mean by "not a serious wine"?

                    1. re: melly
                      Shooley Sep 19, 2006 05:25 PM

                      By that I mean Pinot Grigio is a very pleasant, light wine, a nice summer sipper, frequently good, but never very complex (not for aging). It should not be expensive.

                  2. re: melly
                    chow_gal Sep 18, 2006 07:51 PM

                    This is NOT an impressive wine at all. As Winemark wrote: mass marketed. Pedestrain swill.

                    1. re: melly
                      hummingbird Sep 19, 2006 05:13 AM


                      I am NOT one of those serious wine people, but I too think SM is way over hyped, sorry. In my area it runs about $28, and I have had so much better tasting - to me.

                      May seem weird, but if all they offer in Pino is SM I'll go for a beer.

                      Off the top of my head - all of which are $10 less retail.

                      My spelling may be off on some.(most)

                      San Angelo

                      Just remember if YOU like it, don't think about it.

                      I only drink domestic beers, Bud and the like. Hubby loves to try anything but. We both love it draft though - so there is the common link!

                      As in food - to each their own. Drink/eat what you like, and to heck with everyone else!

                    2. w
                      Winemark Sep 18, 2006 11:08 AM

                      There are several that are very good. I am in the biz but will not reccomend mine for reasons of bias. Try Pighin (around $12-14), The Livio Felluga recc above is very good, Banfi makes one called "San Angelo" which is also excellent.

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                      1. re: Winemark
                        Ed Dibble Sep 18, 2006 02:42 PM

                        The Livio Felluga is as good as I've ever had. Also like some of the Oregon Pinot Gris (same grape), but almost never see them outside the state.


                        1. re: Winemark
                          melly Sep 19, 2006 03:34 AM

                          Thank you Winemark. I have made a note of it and will try them. I appreciate your help here.

                          My fav wine is pinot noir...tried one tonight by Trinchero of Napa Valley. It had a peppery bite that I really didn't like much. Maybe it is pedestrian swill...I don't know.

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                          dantheculinaryman Sep 18, 2006 11:46 PM

                          Try Kris Pinot Grigio. It is about $10 and received high marks from Parker.
                          I agree with the comment on Gruner Veltliner. A nice, and slighter more interesting alternative.

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                            bogie Sep 22, 2006 08:25 AM

                            An excellent Pinot Grigio is available from Bollini, the house brand of importer Neil Empson. I always recommend that people buyt Neil's wines, because he supports small-scale growers and winemakers in many regions of Italy.

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                            1. re: bogie
                              Winemark Sep 22, 2006 02:33 PM

                              I like Bollini as well, however I used to work for a distributor and Bollini was imported by Kobrand and their web site still reflects this.

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                                bogie Sep 25, 2006 06:42 AM

                                I am referring to Canada, here the wines are imported directly by Empson.

                                Even though Kobrand distributes the brand in the USA, it is owned by Neil Empson. I don't know why they don't distribute it themselves in the USA, perhaps legal or competition reasons. Check out www.empson.com or www.bolliniwines.com.

                                1. re: bogie
                                  Winemark Sep 25, 2006 12:38 PM

                                  Ah ha. I had no idea

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                              HeelsSoxHound Sep 22, 2006 01:49 PM

                              tiamo, elena walch, villa borgo (forchir) all make good, inexpensive pg. try pinot gris from other places, though-- you may find that you like them more, and they won't get quite as many sneers from corkdorks. kracher just started putting out a dry pinot gris from illmitz--it's southern austria, which is more well known for red wines, and kracher is better known for sweet wines--all that notwithstanding, really well made for not a lot of money.
                              and again--cardinal rule should be: drink what you like!

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                                AquaW Sep 22, 2006 04:34 PM

                                I like the Pinot Grigio by Luna Vineyards (~$18) & Zeneto (~$10) & agreed that SM is overhyped & overpriced for what it is.

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                                  Wineman Sep 24, 2006 09:43 PM

                                  Try the Ca Montini. It is a little more full bodied than some I have had. Fragrant nose. Citrus flavors. $12 to 15.

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