Winery: Casarsa

Vintage: 2014

Region: Italy, specifically the city of Casarsa (random, right?).

Price: $12.99 for 1.5L

Main flavors: crisp apple and pear, with floral notes.

I will admit that I have never met a pinot grigio that I didn’t like; but this bottle is absolutely exquisite, and not a bad price either. It is crisp and refreshing, which is exactly what you want out of a pinot grigio. The apple and pear flavors are bold and fresh, yet not at all too sweet. This would be an excellent choice for entertaining, not just because of its large size, but also because it is a safe bet that all your guests will love it.

If you take a closer look at the label you’ll notice that is says “Estate Bottled”. Don’t believe me? Fine, I zoomed in just for you.


Anytime a bottle of wine has “Estate Bottled” on the label, that means that the winery owns or controls 100% of the grapes that went into the bottle. Also, this means that the wine was crushed, fermented, finished, and aged in the same place, and that place has to be in the same viticulture area that is stated on the label. Basically, estate bottled wine is typically higher quality and has a fresher taste because the grapes went from vine to production so quickly.

Maybe that’s why I’m already on my third glass…

Estate bottled wines are definitely rare; typically wineries will import different grapes from other vineyards to some degree. For example, more common labels like “produced and bottled” or “made and bottled”, mean that the winery owns or controls only 75% of the grapes put into the bottle, and the remaining grapes could be from anywhere.

If you were going to serve this with a meal I would recommend seafood, or light pasta. If you were serving it as appertivo, it would pair beautifully with some assorted berries. If not, some fuzzy socks and a romantic comedy will do just fine.