Award season in Hollywood is in full swing, so we decided to give our best, unorthodox awards to a handful of wines on our shelf that truly inspire us. Ladies and gentlemen, Vine Styles brings you our first ‘Winie Awards’.
Best Chinook Patio Wine – Dal Cero Corte Giacobbe Pinot Grigio (Crisp – $19.95)
No joke – this Pinot Grigio is at the top of its class. There is nothing inherently wrong with Pinot Grigio, but it is rare to find one that has a wow-factor. Unlike its cohorts, this wine is full of tropical, exotic fruits like pear and banana, and of course, zesty acidity that make it oh-so patio worthy! Hopefully a more pleasant surprise than the musical curiosity that was Gaga and Metallica.
Best Thing You’ve Never Had – Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir (Mellow – $27.70)
We’ll break it right down for you, Blanc-de-Noir = White of Blacks. Still not following? Fun fact: red grapes can produce white wine! This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, during winemaking, after the grapes are pressed the skins and juice are immediately separated so little to no colour is imparted from the skins! This tasty little number has medium body, notes of exotic spices, biscuits and tropical fruit. This is the epitome of the Indie film you’ve never heard of sweeping The Oscars (and when you saw it, it was wonderful but you couldn’t quite put your finger on why). Bonus, it’s biodynamic!
Best for Popcorn for Dinner – Bello Chardonnay (Lush – $47.20)
There are some celebs you truly have to wonder if they could manage a day in the life of the average person. Waking up early, picking your very own outfit, hitting the gym all before going to work for a hard-ass boss, battling rush hour traffic home and then making dinner? Honestly, sometimes it’s a wonder we can all pull it off! Bello is a full bodied wine, complex with layers of honeydew, vanilla bean and pineapple. Conveniently, it’s unbelievably tasty with popcorn. Hey, if Queen B doesn’t have to cook dinner, why should you?
Best for the Planet – Omero Pinot Noir (Elegant – $42.70)
Sure, it would be nice to be Leonardo DiCaprio, flying on private jets across the world to advocate for climate change, but we can’t all be as philanthropic as he is. Instead, why not crack a bottle of Omero. A classic Oregonian Pinot Noir, medium bodied with notes of juicy raspberries and lovely, lengthy finish. Feel good about your wine choice, it’s all organic fruit, natural yeasts (no lab coats here) and no chemicals, we’re pretty sure that counts as doing your part for the planet today!
Best In The Bathtub – Milhade Crémant de Bordeaux (Bubbly – $31.70)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get gussied up like a celeb does for an award show? Well. We have, it mostly leaves us wistful because our cash flow is just a little tighter than a celebs. So instead, we leave the dishes in the sink half done and slink off to the bathroom to fill the tub. In the meanwhile we’re ever so quietly popping the cork on a bottle of bubs and hoping no one disturbs us, or worse, asks for a glass. We’d rather not share this creamy bottle of bubbles, it has lively acidity and notes of pear and minerality. Now it’s time to slip into the tub and head off to our own blissful La La Land. And yes, Ryan Gosling still plays the lead in our scenario, FYI.
Best Bang For Your Buck – Autor Priorat (Bold – $22.95)
Perhaps the best, and possibly the only good thing to come out of award season is discovering a new artist, or a flick you missed the previews for. This year, that was Chance the Rapper’s mixtape, Colouring Book. We were thrilled, it’s honest and refreshing. Had we paid for the CD and not used iTunes, there would be no buyer’s remorse here. Autor, is the same kind of scenario, Priorat wines can fetch pretty hefty price tags so when a bottle under $25 came to us, we took a chance and were thrilled. Full bodied and complex, this wine seriously over delivers for the price!