Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Bandit wines fave for summer sipping

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 12:29 pm in Corkheads.

bandit pinot grigio

I cannot say enough good things about anything winemaker and entrepreneur Joel Gott touches.

My latest praise goes to his Bandit wines under the Three Thieves label. The 500 ml of premium California wine comes in bright candy colored Tetra Pak containers. There are so many reasons to consume these wines I’m not sure which to tell you first. So I will make a list. I love lists.

1. They go anywhere.

2. There is no cork so screw the cap back on and drink them later. Way later.

3. They taste like $15 wines but cost $4.50 each.

Last weekend, I was hoping to take the whites (Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay) along on a picnic to the Livermore Valley. But I didn’t have a cooler so they stayed behind.

Good thing. I served the Pinot Grigio with a lentil, tofu and mixed green salad for lunch yesterday. It was a delightful pairing, as the Pinot Grigio was crisp with a beautiful nose of green apples and bright pear fruit on the palate. It reminded me what a great and softer alternative Pinot Grigio is to Sauvingon Blanc.

We had a dinner guest last night so I served the Merlot on the fly with a turmeric and cumin chicken that I quickly tossed with lemon zest, olive oil, red peppers and cilantro. The Merlot knew exactly how to relate to the chicken. By matching its spice but then taking a soft and demure back seat the rest of the way.

I heart Bandit!! They are a value brand you can truly count on.

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]