It’s the end of the monthly budget with a few pennies to spare. So what’s a thrifty wine drinker to do? You bring home that trusted, consistent, widely distributed wine under ten dollars and you celebrate the fact there’s a decent inexpensive wine you can enjoy for under a ten-spot.
For us it’s Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio California 2016 – Retail $8.65.
The name Gnarly Head reminds me an ’80s surf movie despite it really representing their old gnarled vines in Lodi. The word actually means gnarled, challenging, disgusting, and gross. I couldn’t stop thinking about the word ‘Gnarly’ which led to the word ‘dude’. And then that made me think of gnarly dudes dropping acid because the Pinot Grigio was acidic and I’m back to the 80s surfing movie again probably starring Sean Penn. Which would be a huge letdown cause I think Nicolas Cage fits the role so much better. Welcome to my stream of consciousness.
“BOLD. SOPHISTICATED. WITH A HINT OF GNARLY.”
The Pinot Grigio was not gross or challenging but refreshing and citrusy with some stone fruit and melons. The Gnarly Head website states they’re part of the Delicato Family Vineyards portfolio.
The label suggested pairing with spicy Asian dishes, but in reality, we paired it with a late night nosh of junk food and Netflix. The long week had ended with an evening of high school football and marching band. The 8th grade band had been invited to join the high school band (they were recruiting for next year), so our youngest daughter got to perform with her older siblings on the bleachers in band heaven.
Meanwhile, my husband and I enjoyed a small taste of empty nesting. We’d sat in the upper deck where the kids wouldn’t be able to find us (sort of) but I swear they have radar like an AWACS when they need cash. I’m half-joking. I’ll miss these years after they’ve all flown away. But seriously, how do my kids vanish when it’s time to load the dishwasher yet easily find me in a crowd of 10,000 when the trombone section is heading to IHOP and they need money? It’s just Gnarly.
Cheers to those reliable, cheap sips!