Wine Under $12: Pinot Grigio

Beer and Wine,Drinks,Wine 101
January 1, 2013

Our affordable wine pick for January is a bright and lively Pinot Grigio.

Wine of the Month

I’m always looking for a good glass of white wine to ease me out of the weekday workday and into the night—a little pre-dinner sip that helps stimulate the appetite while readying the spirit for the joys of the evening meal.

Castello Banfi’s “Le Rime” Pinot Grigio does just that. With bright and lively citrus notes, it refreshes, yet there’s enough pear-apple appeal to make it smooth and round. Sip it while you prep a quick meal, and if the dish calls for white wine, go ahead and pour some in—Le Rime is good enough to do your recipes proud, and inexpensive enough to cook with.

Look for the Label:


Castello Banfi “Le Rime” Pinot Grigio 2011
(Toscana; $9)

Recipe Recommendations:

These quick any-night recipes will go great with Castello Banfi “Le Rime” Pinot Grigio:

  •  Fettucini Alfredo with Shrimp, Asparagus and Mushrooms
  • Pork Chops with Orange and Thyme
  • Chicken Schnitzel Milanese
  • Chicken Quarters with Raisin, Tomato and Thyme
  • Broccoli Rabe Pasta
  • Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower

Wini Moranville—By Relish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville, author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Breadcrumbs

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower

Humble and regal at the same time, here’s a cauliflower and pasta dish to soothe the soul.

Teresa Blackburn

Broccoli Rabe Pasta

Bitterly delicious, the broccoli rabe cooks in the same pot as the pasta in this surprisingly easy dish.

Chicken Quarters with Raisins, Tomato and Thyme 2

Chicken Quarters with Raisins, Tomato and Thyme

Browned chicken quarters are dressed up with golden and dark raisins, fresh thyme and tomato.

Chicken Schnitzel Milanese 2

Chicken Schnitzel Milanese

Schnitzel with an Italian passport—Parmesan in the crumbs and a lemony arugula salad to top.


Pork Chops with Orange and Thyme

These pork chops with an orange and thyme cream sauce are worth the splurge.


Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, Asparagus and Mushrooms

Rich and creamy, this fettuccine boasts shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms.


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