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Esteemed doesn’t mean great…

31 Mar

First day on the job as an intern for Vines Magazine based out of Burlington, and I get gifted a bottle of white.

I mean, come on, can I even complain about that? Not really.

Task one is to taste it, figure out the rituals behind the whole shabang. More importantly, I’m supposed to decide if I like it.


I know we’re on this great adventure into wine and all, but it’s still kind of radically shocking to hear someone wants my opinion. The first time my brother called me to ask which white to grab off the shelf for his girlfriend’s party, I nearly had a stroke. You can only imagine my surprise to hearing my boss wanted to know what I thought.

Regardless, I brought the bottle home, and dove right in. Why not leap, right?

Well, turns out it was an easy task, this ‘speaking your mind’ bit.

Welcome the Gabbiano 2008 Pinot Grigio. (LCBO# 77990, $12.95).

It’s alright. I think the word I used to my boss was ‘meh’. It’s a pretty straw colour, light in the mouth and has a good long finish (that’s how long the taste lingers around after you’ve swallowed – or spit, like the ‘pros’ do). It’s zesty, and at the finish, it kind of feels like you’ve bit into a lemon peel. It’s got dominate tart apple flavours and from all these descriptors, you’d think I’d have liked it.

I didn’t. Gabbiano is an esteemed Tuscan winery (in the North East of Italy). They’re famous for their Chiantis in the way that Choo is famous for his shoes.

Meh. They need to work on their Pinot Grigio. It’s got potential, but with so many other wines out there, I’m not in a huge rush to drink it again.

You know, unless it’s for ‘work’.