Although Pinot Grigio is not the white wine I will pick first out of a lineup, I’ve been having a very pleasant time drinking it of late. First, there was the Trentino Pinot Grigio I picked up from Morrisons for the purpose of cooking a beetroot risotto. The recipe only required half a standard bottle so, alas, we just had to drink it! It turned out to be rather pleasant. A week or so after that, I happened upon this Pinot Grigio delle Venezie- another vegan-friendly Italian white wine, this time from Aldi.
Comparing Wine From Morrisons to Wine From Aldi
This the first time I’ve tasted two almost identical wines from different supermarkets, within a small enough time frame to properly compare them. Both bottles were made with majority Pinot Grigio grape, with almost the same price (£6.49 versus £6.75), and produced in the same area of Italy. Both wines carry D.O.C.G status (a regional certification) for Trentino and Delle Venezie respectively, which are pretty much the same place. It’s a little like the “not all hot tubs are jacuzzi” conundrum. Wine labels; ever confusing, eh?
About Italy’s Delle Venezie Region
Delle Venezie is Italy’s youngest protected denomination of origin, having only gained its status in 2017. It encompasses all of Veneto and the regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, as well as the province of Trentino, and is the largest producer of the world-famous Pinot Grigio.
The Winner? Aldi’s Vegan Pinot Grigio!
I must say, as drinkable as the white wine from Morrisons was, it was this single vineyard Pinot Grigio from Aldi that stood out to me. Clear and fresh, it had some interesting mineral notes as well as classic fruity peach.
This was tasted alongside several others from Aldi’s vegan wine range, at a vegan cheese and wine tasting. It went beautifully with slices of crisp green apple, mild and creamy Violife vegan mozzarella, and that star of the cheeseboard: Sheese Wensleydale with Cranberries.