Monday, September 3, Little Rock, AR
Ahh Labor Day! A day spent meeting with the DirectTV guy to upgrade my receiver, for about the fourth time in two years, and then a trip to a nearby water park where evidently they were having an "Everyone overweight by 100 pounds or more gets in free" day, no we had to pay, to the discovery of today's reviewed wine. On our way home with the kids from the fat farm, they didn't qualify for free admission either, we stopped by this little hole-in-the-wall wine/liquor store that we seldom frequent. I went in looking for a bottle or two of some type of white wine and ended up grabbing a 2005 Concannon Central Coast Limited Release Pinot Gris that was selling for about $10.99/bottle. I also picked up a Pinot Grigio at the same time which caused an intellectual discussion between #1 and myself to break out. What is the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? I'm sure many of you have asked the same question and hopefully I can give you a simple answer. Pinot Gris has more alcohol content, and is a bigger, smooth, full-flavored wine while Pinot Grigio is more restrained and delicate. Simple enough. The Concannon was anything but restrained and lived up to its birthright. Very clean, full of fruit, apple, melon and citrus, and a wonderful finish. Both of us agreed that this was a great wine right off the bat. And it has to be one of the best valued wines I've had in sometime. I had tried the Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon in Las Vegas back in June and had given it 4 Corkscrews because we liked it so well. Easily gave this one 5 Corkscrews based on overall taste and excellent, excellent value. Keep up the good work Jim Concannon. I hope I get a chance to taste your wine at the vineyard some day! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink anything Concannon produces!