My flat mate had a dear friend over yesterday, for a late lunch early dinner type of event.
So when I came home around 6 'ish they were sitting on the balcony in full sunshine enjoying the dishes he had prepared.
I eventually tucked in and savoured the tabbouleh salad with nice vine tomatoes some onion, flat parsley and cucumber. Dressed with a lemon based vinaigrette and well balanced spices.
There was also organic hummus, fresh olives, poppy seed bread slightly toasted, cheeses, I can't remember all that was served but there was plenty to feed a nation.
With all that they were drinking a Pinot Grigio from Palastri 2009, from the Trentino region North West of Italy.
Now I am always a bit scary when a Pinot Grigio accesses a table, as for me they are really not that great beside some fruit and dryness there is not much to expect f these wines, (something that has struck the Italian producers and have been working on a up-marsh).
Well on that note I was totally right, it had a pleasantly floral/fruity nose and a straight flight through the palette not leaving too much of excitement and surprise.
It was very short and left you with a very dry mouth making you want to wet your palette very much straight away.
Which for me is a sign of cheap wine making and working totally on quantity and not quality, the wine gives you nothing but anything not resembling a sign of terroir, identity and complexity.
You want to enjoy your wine and discover its story and terroir.
So for me all that supermarket stuff which goes for a buy two get a third one for free nothing more than bad intentions in a bottle.
My next question is simple, I wonder why you want to buy it?
You need a hit of alcohol?
You actually can't justify spending more then £5 on a bottle?
You don't really care as long it keep you going?
Here in the UK there are not enough small wine shops around and also because supermarkets kill them and most of the time people don't really want to or have the culture to do the effort just going to a wine shop and buy a nice bottle of wine for some real good prices.
Supermarkets; you can get it all at once, but as we know far from the good stuff, as their war is to give their customers the best price.
Then is that always right?
I ask myself when a supermarket has a bottle of wine at a reduced price and you look at the original marked priced, you realize how much profit they actually do make, so they do not really get you the best value for the price.
Never forget a wine has its value and from the moment you begin to disrespect that as you just want to make a good buck, you loose credibility as there is no justification to sell a wine at £20, that actually its value as in structure, depth, intensity, complexity and pleasure has not the strength for a £20 price tag and actually is really worth £13
I always advise people to avoid buying supermarket wine and if they do go at least for something above the £12 mark as the value of the wine will be better.
So it is worth to spend a bit more on a bottle of wine as you should enjoy and discover the essence of wine.