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HillJ Jan 23, 2013 01:07 PM

Has anyone tried the Pinot G from Barrymore Wines. Any good? I saw Drew Barrymore discussing her involvement and since some of the proceeds go to charity, I was curious if the wine actually tasted good.

TIA.

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    zin1953 Jan 23, 2013 07:03 PM

    It's an Italian Pinot Grigio made by the Decordi Winery that is labeled with her (brand) name for export into the United States. The wine is handled by Wilson Daniels, Ltd., which is based in St. Helena, CA (see http://www.wilsondaniels.com/our-wineries/barrymore-wines/wines/pinot-grigio-delle-venezie-igt/2011/ ). As one might expect, it's all stainless steel fermented, has no oak aging, and is bottled young to preserve its freshness.

    Suggested retail is $17.99. It's $16.99 at K&L -- http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku... -- which places it just under the overpriced Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, but at least, that still carries a D.O.C., versus the I.G.T. of the Decordi ("Barrymore" label).

    Personally, I'd rather save my money and buy a Pinot Grigio from an Italian producer like Tiefenbrunner or Alois Lageder -- both excellent producers of long-standing, and both available for under $15.

    YMMV.

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    1. re: zin1953
      HillJ Jan 24, 2013 12:19 AM

      I don't have much 'mileage' on variety so I appreciate the overview, link and alternatives.

      I'm looking at this Barrymore label as a novelty wine. The band Train came out with 3 diff wines the last few years all in support of missions in CA and the wines weren't half bad. Made a great gift for friends who enjoy their music and we did some good in the process.

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        Bacardi1 Jan 25, 2013 07:45 AM

        Heck, I enjoy Train's music as well, but that doesn't mean I believe they should be in the wine business. Same with Paul Newman - love the guy's films, but I "Newman's Own" wines worth the $$?

        And as for Drew Barrymore, I don't think she has the talent to carry something like this off. If her last name wasn't "Barrymore", she'd be nothing.

        I guess I'm just against the blatant commercialism, even if it is shrouded in charity.

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          HillJ Jan 25, 2013 08:30 AM

          I hear you loud and clear, Bacardi1.

      2. re: zin1953
        ChefJune Jan 24, 2013 12:18 PM

        <Personally, I'd rather save my money and buy a Pinot Grigio from an Italian producer like Tiefenbrunner or Alois Lageder -- both excellent producers of long-standing, and both available for under $15.>

        Ditto. Or even Kris, which is around $12.

        1. re: zin1953
          HillJ Jan 24, 2013 05:14 PM

          I ordered one Barrymore, and PG's from Tiefenbrunner and Alois Lageder at your recommendation. When we drink, I'll review. Thanks for taking my post seriously.

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            HillJ Jan 30, 2013 04:50 PM

            Very happy to report that all three wines were to my liking. The wine manager I called upon had all three labels ready for me today and we did a small tasting with 3 of his own bottles in the grotto. zin, AloisL and Tiefenbrunner are terrific. Barrymore is super light, faint peach note and better nearly ice cold with some peach puree added (which my hubby, friends & I did for dinner to finish the bottle). I'm glad I gave Barrymore a go and very glad I wrote this OP because your recommendations were a big hit @ dinner tonight and since I don't drink much white let alone PG, new for me. Thanks all! Taking one for the team isn't all the painful.

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              zin1953 Jan 30, 2013 06:18 PM

              Glad you enjoyed all three . . . . ;^)

        2. Bacardi1 Jan 23, 2013 02:46 PM

          Oh brother - hadn't heard about this before.

          She just can't stop drawing off that name, can she. Any possible minor talent notwithstanding. Sigh.

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            HillJ Jan 23, 2013 02:49 PM

            Bacardi, is that a wine loving slam or an anti Barrymore issue? I'm here for the wine info. :) and some fun!

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              Bacardi1 Jan 24, 2013 07:05 AM

              I guess it's a slam on all the celebrities - many if not most of whom aren't even wine afficionados - who slap their names on labels simply to make a buck.

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                HillJ Jan 24, 2013 07:08 AM

                Granted and this wine and the wines produced for TRAIN (the band) also have a charity component that appeals to me. So I understand the slam, celeb or hanger oner trends but wine shops are filled with novelty wines produced by established and respected labels who also jump on a 'trend' in order to sell more wine.

                I want the wine to taste good/great but I'm not opposed to a novelty wine for the sheer fun of it.

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            goldangl95 Jan 23, 2013 01:14 PM

            I'm not a fan of Pinot Grigio so have not picked this up -but it was in K & L and has decentish reviews:

            http://vinecdote.com/blog4/2012/06/drew-barrymore-making-pinot-grigio-wine/

            https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.as...

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              HillJ Jan 23, 2013 01:57 PM

              It's a starting place, golda, thank you! I've put in a call to our local wine seller to see what he thinks and to see what the availability is. I'm thinking if it tastes any good it would make a fun gift with a copy of the movie 50 Dates, or Charlie's Angels just for laughs.

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