My husband has been away working for the past week or so so after I put the kids to bed I have treated myself to a nice glass of wine or two. I am no alcoholic but its nice to have a nice cold glass of wine to wind down in the evening with. My favourite easy drinking wine is pink wine, as I like to call it and being half Californian I like any wine from that region of the pink variety. I normally drink white Zinfandel which is probably my all time favourite but they did not have this in my local Tesco's. Instead, they had a Gallo WHite Grenache which is a pink wine and looked very similar to White Zinfandel so I decided to try that. Another reason I decided to try this was because it was on sale, £5 for a 750ml bottle which I thought was very good value.
So, what exactly is a Grenache? Well, according to an article I read, "A Grenache is, "one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, the south of France, and California's San Joaquin Valley. It is generally spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content, but it needs careful control of yieldsfor best results.""
On the back of the bottle there is a little bit about the wine itself. You can taste the Gallo family's dedication to the art of winemaking, passed down through four generations, in this White Grenache. This delicious rose has vibrant refreshing strawberry flavours and delicate floral notes. It has 9.5% volume alcohol.
THis is a very light pink wine and I think the wine is a bit lighter pink coloured than a Zinfandel is and I also think its a bit lighter to drink as well. Its got quite a fruity taste but is not too sweet which I like. Its a lot less sweet than some other pink wines on the market and I like that about it. It's very refreshing and is the type of wine that you could drink with anything or on its own very nicely. It is best served chilled and taste nice and crisp when it is like this. Most definitely a wine I recommend.
WHAT IS IT?
A white wine that is truly a rose.
This wine has a very refreshing flavour. It is slightly tart but sweet at the same time and is very fruity as you drink and also leaves a fruity after taste. I think it is a good summer wine because it is so light and refreshing but we drank it at a dinner party last night and it was good in the winter too. It tastes quite strong for the first few sips but is very easy to drink even though it has got that tart flavour, it is only sweet because it is so fruity and the wine has not get a very sugary flavour to it.
WHAT I THINK
I like this wine very much but can't understand why Ernest & Julio Gallo call it a white wine when it tastes and looks like a rose. I like that I can taste strawberries in the wine, I have drunk it as a spritzer before in the summer and that is a nice way of cutting down my alcohol and still enjoying the flavour. It is very light to drink and that makes it suitable for serving with lots of different foods, I think it goes specially nice with fish dishes and that is how it was served last night with a cod loin fillet and steamed vegetables. I would serve it with red meat dishes and also think it would taste nice with a vegetarian course.
The White Gananche is best served chilled because that helps to bring out the fruity flavours, it will keep once you have opened the bottle but it is so nice tasting that whenever I have opened a bottle there isn't very much left over by the time I have finished. It is also nice used instead of white wine if you are cooking a fish pie.
I drank a little more than I should have and have not had a hangover this morning and I'm happy about that because rose wine usually gives me a headache the next day. My husband had a glass but didn't like it because he likes a dryer wine when this one was quite sweet because of how fruity it is. I think it has got quite a dry after taste but while I am drinking it is naturally sweet with fruit sugars, it is hard to label it because the wine is sweet and dry at the same time but I would say it's more sweet than anything.
Ernest & Julio Gallo White Grenache costs about £7 a bottle and has an alcohol content of 9.5%.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
***Ernest & Julio Gallo***
This is still to date a family run business with the 3rd generation of Gallo's still growing grapes and producing fine wines for us to enjoy.
Ernest and Julio Gallo founded their winery in sunny California. The began with nothing but sheer love for wine and determination to make this dream a success.
Ernest & Julio Gallo White Grenache is a wonderful medium dry white wine. The taste is not too harsh as I find with many wines I have tried previously. I would usually go for white zinfandel, but have definatley been converted to grenache. I find that this wine is far more easier to drink than others. Which I suppose could be classed as a con rather than a pro if you are unable to gauge your alcohol consumption as I sometimes find when amongst a good group of friends. This wine is very tasty, with lots of different fruits to tickle your taste buds. With the fruity ingredients containing grenache grapes, strawberries watermelon and a dash of floral and spice flavourings this an excellent wine choice.
The inspiration for this review comes from having an evening in with my friend Lauren. Lauren made a fantastic meal and the Ernest & Julio Gallo White Grenache was a lovely compliment. For starters we had crusty rolls with a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dip. Then for the main we had, home-made turkey meatballs, filled with mozzerella cheese and tomato and herb based sauce, served on a bed of brown spagetti. We did also plan on having some 'after eight' chocolates to follow, however after a a couple of bottles of white grenache we were deep in conversation and forgot all about the chocolate. Any wine that has women forgetting about chocolate must be quite magical in my book. Lauren and I also had this little get together on a school night. I know. Bad Girls. Although, when waking up for work the following morning, I felt fresh as a daisy. I was very impressed with this as I am not usually a happy chappy after having a few drinks and having to wake up early. But the white grenache left now horrible feeling to wake up with, always a plus.
I had a look at the Gallo Family website :
And found some recipes for cocktails that I thought may be a nice idea to share with you. These recipes were devised exclusively for the Gallo family. I definatley will be trying these recipes out myself, maybe as part of a dinner party or just a night in with the girlies.
Gallo Rosito - For this drink you will need a 100ml serving of white grenache, 30ml serving of ginger ale, mixed with 2 strawberries and 2 raspberries, shake well and pour over ice. Garnish this with more strawberries.
Gallo Summer Fruit Spritzer - For this creation 100ml of white grenache and 30ml of soda water or lemonade is required. Although this is a pretty average wine spritzer combination. Why not be creative and add a slice of cucumber and a sprig of mint?
Gallo california Cosmo - This is a great girly drink and really easy to make. Just adding 35ml of white grenache, 25ml vodka citron, 12.5ml cointreau, 10ml fresh lime juice and 30ml soda water, give it a shake and a strain and add a lemon twist for this great creation.
When tasting wine, if you give your glass a good swirl the more wine that sticks to the glass indicates a higher alcohol content.
When smelling wine, give your glas another good swirl, firstly have a short sniff and then a deep one, see what kinds of smells you can pick out, fruit? flowers?
When tasting the wine you should rinse the wine around your mouth, picking out the individual tastes. Deciding if you find the wine fruity or more acidic. Or if the wine leaves an after taste.
This way you can tell what wine you prefer and what you would rather have for each occasion. Obviously, my suggestion would be a good bottle....or two of Gallo White Grenache for a meal in with friends.
The bottles Lauren and I purchased were under £5.00 and this is the general prices for these at all stores. You can purchase Gallo at pretty much every store as it is such a popular wine.
Ernest & Julio Gallo White Grenache is available in 3 different sizes. You can buy it in a box in a bag containing 3L, which would be perfect for a party with friends, there is also a 750ml bottle available which is perfect for 2 as you will get a good 2 medium glasses each out of a bottle. But if you prefer a single serve bottle and just do not like to share there is always a 250ml bottle available.
Body : Light
Alcohol Content : 9.5%
Serving temperature : 10-12C
Thank you for reading :)
Ernest and Julio Gallo White Grenache is a real tasty and affordable wine that is enjoyable on its own, or with food. It is a light drink and is brilliant to enjoy in the summer.
Over the years I have not been the biggest fan of wine and gone for the classic male drink of beer. However through the wife over the last seven years I have been dragged into the wine arena. I then grew to enjoy a crisp white or a tasty red but continue to go nowhere near the Rose. Then when at the in-laws this wine as produced and I was pleasantly surprised!
What I like about the wine is that it has a really distinctive taste about it, but still manages to be light and refreshing. It has a pleasant after taste but does not linger on the palette. I personally really enjoy drinking it with sea food, but also like it with chicken as well.
Whilst it may not be a fine wine that experts will rave about it, for the average consumer it is a good choice that due to its light taste and non-obtrusive manner can go with lots of different food. I am still not convinced by most other Roses, but I do enjoy this one!
Facts - 9.5% Volume
Once upon a Mother's Day night, my Mum and I were treated by the family to a meal out. There were seven of us in all, including one child. Only my Mum and Dad didn't want wine, so we thought we'd get a bottle or two to keep us going through the starters.
None of us are experts in wine, so we were opting for a bottle of Chardonnay, which we thought would be a safe bet. The restaurant however didn't have what we wanted in stock, and offered us an alternative. We ended up with a bottle of Ernest and Julio white grenache.
Well it definately wasn't a chardonay!
Ernest and Julio Gallo is a californaian winery. It is a popular brand within the UK, selling in many supermarkets and off licences for around 4-5gbp, whilst retailing in the pub/restaurant industry for around the 10gbp mark. There are also a decent amount of varieties on offer ranging from reds to white's, with two different rose (blush) varities.
The white grenache varies from the other variety of white zinfandel in a couple of ways. A different grape is used, making the outcome, both in appearance and taste very different. White grenache is made from the Californian red grenache grape, but they say the "rapid separation of the grape's juice from its skin prior to fermentation gives the wine its light pink colour".
My personal preference is the grenache as I find it's a lighter colour than the zinfandel grape, and has a smoother, less acidic aftertaste.
So we were left to try this alien wine. Four of us drinking, two males, two females. There wasn't a single complaint from anyone, not even the men, who may have had a resitance to drinking a "pink" wine.
On first impressions, I found the wine to almost glide down my throat, leaving my mouth coated in a mildly fruity liquid. There was a slightly sharp tingle on my taste buds with a sweetish aftertaste.
Trying to do the expert bit, I remember sniffing it, and coming away with a nose full of fruitness.I didn't find one particular fruit took over any other. It's a pleasently scented wine, quite light on the taste, not too heavy on the nose.
One taste, and we were all hooked. We managed three bottles that night between four of us. (The parents stayed with their own beverages).
We discovered after that three bottles was all the pub had and we drank them dry. It was a taste discovered.
I have found since that night that I can drink it like water, and a bottle doesn't normally last me very long, which isn't a great thing, but it's a wine that does seem to go with anything, or even on it's own.
A 750cl bottle has a 10% alcohol content. however it's also available in some supermarkets in 3 litre boxes, which does work out a lot cheaper if buying for a function. Being a rose wine, it's best served chilled, and I would heavily reccomend this as I have tasted bot chilled and at room temperature, and the taste does vary ever so slightly.
At room temperature, there is a slight bitterness to the wine, that seems to disappear after a few hours in the fridge. I really should discipline myself to wait longer.
There isn't anything spectacular to the bottle as a selling point. The bottle itself holds a fairly simplistic label, with one bold gold label, giving off the impression that you're buying sometihng worthwhile.
Pre Ernest and Julio white grenache I was the £2.99 a bottle sort of girl. If it was disgusting then I would swallow it quickly or add lemonade, but now I am happy to say, I have found my soul mate.
If you have never tried this wine, go now and buy a bottle. You will not be disappointed. One of my friends didn't like it when I introduced it to her and now it is all she will drink.
If you have tried it, then you know what I'm talking about.
Nowadays the wine is called Earnest and Julio Gallo Sierra valley white grenache. It's still around the same price, and sold almost everywhere, and is popping up in more and more pubs I seem to visit, which is a bonus. Also I'm still drinking it!
This white grenache wine isn't white at all, it's a very pale peachy colour. When it is first de-corked there's a soft, fruity aroma to the wine. This seems to become more 'tangey' if the wine is chilled for a few hours after opening. The taste is very slightly sweet and certainly reminiscent of the Californian fruit growing regions. It is, literally, sunshine in a bottle. Try it out and then tell me that a couple of glasses didn't make you feel good! One glass of this refreshing, 10% abv rose wine will help a meal go down. Two will make you happy and three....well, that helps you to write reviews! (I can prove that one.) Mmmm...glass recharged...back to the task in hand. The grapes used in the manufacture of this wine come from the Central Valley of California. The vineyards hug the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The producers recommend that it is served at between 8 and 10 degrees centigrade, but I prefer it colder than that on a hot day. It tastes good by itself, or as an accompaniment to curries, cheeses, fruit salad and seafood. More information on this wine and others from the same producers can be found at: http://www.gallo.com If you are interested in grapes, wines, etc, this site is worth visiting. This is not the cheapest of wines in the supermarket but it is currently under four pounds at Tesco. That's certainly too good a bargain to miss. If you enjoy the Zinfandels, you will enjoy this white Grenache. There is a marked similarity in the flavour and texture of the two wines. Must go and do further tests on this wine. A fourth glass is a must but I think I'll take that lieing down.
Hiya fellow drinkers, Well this is my first opinion I have wrote here on Dooyoo...so here goes! I was at work this afternoon thinking to myself, "Bottle of wine is top priority for tonight!" My hubby has gone out with the lads so it was deifinitely going to be a drinky night for me. Well I went to my corner shop looking for something different. I was there a good 15 minutes deciding. The shopkeeper was giving me very strange looks, I suppose he thought I was a shoplifter. I picked up bottle after bottle, undecided every time. Then I spotted Ernest & Julio Gallo! Well I'm totally hooked now. What a wine. I've got to admit, I'm no conniseur (I can't even spell it!) but this is what I call a wine for me! The colour is lovely, although unusally it is a "white" wine & looks like a rose. It is so easy to drink, unlike many other wines that tend to leave an odd aftertaste. One word to describe it......SCRUMMY!!! Well I'll leave it there, I'm only half way through the bottle & already my face is glowing. When I stand up I'm sure to wobble a bit! So people, take it from me, try this wine, it's gorgeous. (Think I'll chase my hubby to the pub tomorrow night & buy another bottle, he he!) luv Juls xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
As expected with most californian rose wines, the E+J white grenache possesses many of the characteristics such an environment would nurture. Soft, fruity, a hint of an aftertaste that is not far from heavenly. This wine combines subtle raspberry flavours coupled with the soft raspberry and strawberry aroma that delicately carresses the pallet with a feather. A must for such deserts as fruit salad, strawberries, and almost and other summer fruit. Avoid strong citrus flavours as these will clash with the wines delicacy. A must for amateur wine lovers to try and love....cheap too.
This luscious wine is called "white" and has been put under the "white wines" category but it is in fact a delicate, delicious shade of pink - a rose wine to be precise. Being a dedicated lover of White Zinfandel wine this was all that was on the menu on two recent trips to a TGI Fridays restuarant that came close. I was not disappointed! Produced by Ernest and Julio Gallo, White Grenache is a quality wine - I do not have a bottle at home to give you the details supplied, but noted in the restuarant that it is 11% volume in alcohol content. In a restuarant such as this you are looking at about £12 a bottle but in shops it is generally priced at £6-£7 for a standard 75cl bottle. I can happily get through a whole bottle in an evening and come out just feeling pleasantly merry and still in control! The aroma and taste is magnificent and it is so very drinkable! On sticking your nose in the glass the gentle aroma of mixed summer fruits hits you - a delicate blend of strawberry and currant smells. The taste is no disappointment either. It is a very smooth, sweet wine with a definite fruity flavour and no expected bitter tangs that hit you with some wines. On the dryness scale (wines are graded 1- 9, 1 being the driest, 9 being the sweetest) this is a medium range wine at number 5 so it is notably sweet and may not suit those who prefer a dry wine. This wine can be drunk with many dishes, as an apperitif or just on its own for a pleasurable drinking session - delicious!
Scrummy, moreish, gorgeous.... To name a few words that describe this wine. I am not a wine buff by any means. A night round my friends' house with a bottle of wine and a video usually consists of the cheapes bottle of white I can find. (under £2.99), and then if it's too disgusting I just drink faster until I can't taste it any longer. White Grenache however, I savour every drop, and my friends will tell you how embarrassed they are when I lick the bottle to save every last drop. (disgusting I know but it really is too nice to waste). I came across this wine purely by accident. I definately wouldn't have bought it under normal circumstances. My family and I were out for a meal celebrating a birthday. We ordered a bottle of chardonay, but the White grenache arrived at our table. We were disgusted and took it back to the bar to complain. They had no chardonay left so we were stuck with this grenache. One taste, and we were all hooked. At £8.50 a bottle (pub prices I might add, so I reckon there's about a 100% mark up on normal prices or there about), we managed three that night between four of us. (The parents stayed with their own beverages). Three bottles was all the pub had and we drank them dry. It was a taste discovered. A slightly sharp tingle on your taste buds with a sweetish aftertaste, I can drink it like water, and a bottle doesn't normally laste me very long. In the shops, a bottle of white grenach can retail anywhere between £4.69 and £5.25 depending on where you get it from. Supermarkets are normally cheaper. A 750ml bottle has a 10% alcohol content. (does the trick I can tell you). It is made from the Californian red grenache grape, but they say the "rapid separation of the grape's juice from its skin prior to fermentation gives the wine its light pink colour". If you have
never tried this wine, go now and buy a bottle. You will not be disappointed. One of my friends didn't like it when I introduced it to her and now it is all she will drink. If you have tried it, then you know what I'm talking about. Happy drinking...
This wine is my favourite and has been for quite a long time now. It is perfect with any type of food as it is so easy to drink and even better on its own! I don't like my wine too strong and this at 10% Vol is just right for me. Its kind of sweet so may not be suitable for people who like a dryer type of wine but as i have a sweet tooth it suits me fine. Should be served chilled but is easier to drink when at room temperature. It doesn't really taste like alcohol and this is another reason why its so easy to drink and why i love it! I would reccommend anyone to try this wine.
First of all, I’m not drunk, but I AM slightly sozzled! – And because of you lot I’ve had to drink a WHOLE bottle of wine just so I could bring you the virtues and attributes of this delicious wine. Tchh! Ok, first off, DON’T put your wine in the fridge for longer than 10 minutes, (unless it’s bubbly) as this will take some of the taste and aroma away. ALWAYS store your wine horizontally, this keeps the cork damp and will be easier to pull and NEVER use a small glass, what’s the point!!! Ernest and Julio Gallo wines have been going for 70ish years and it has to be my most favouritest tipples I’ve been drinking for the best part of 2 years, from the expensive ‘Turning Leaf’ and dry ‘Colombard’ to their excellent ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’. But the ‘White Grenache’ has to be the most drunk in our household. Down to serious business….. Even though this is a ‘white’ wine, it actually has a light pint or ‘rose’ tint to it. This is due (apparently) to the ‘rapid separation of the grape’s juice from the skin’. The bouquet is delightfully fruity with a slight peaty tang. The taste has a very-berry like quality, with it being relatively sweet it would (and does) go great with chicken, desserts (yum, choccy cake and Gallo!) and most light flavoured foods. The glug from the bottle is as soothing as the clean look it has in your glass. Now on the website they say the Alcohol is 9.80%, now on the bottle I have in front of me it says 10% - are they trying to diddle us out of something here??? This wine won’t make your lips pucker when you take a sip. Nor is it sweet enough to make your taste buds go crazy longing for more sugar (mine already do that anyway!). There is no after-taste; just a nice reminder of something yummy has just passed through your mouth. Three glasses are enough to mak
e you enjoy your evening, a whole bottle might make you want to start singing the latest Boyzone record (or whatever takes your fancy!?) This wine is brilliant to take to both parties and special occasions alike. Although, for those special Sunday afternoons when the bf’s on the computer and I need to indulge myself, there is nothing better than a big bubble bath, a box of Thorntons continentals and a bottle of Gallo White Grenache. Go on – indulge yourself, or your partner!