On a Wine Bandit

Wine tastings led by a wine maker can often lead to not only surprises, but sometimes, unexpected additions to the program. At a tasting earlier this year, Charles Bieler started everyone off with an extra.

It was a white wine that I would describe as fresh, a kiss a sweetness and an essence of pear. This slightly dry wine was a heavier (not as lean) as one would expect from a starter wine, but this wine was suited for the warm afternoon on the deck. Participants were pleased with this pinot grigio, yet the winemaker would not show us the bottle until we finished discussing this wine.

This story jumps ahead a few months to our church’s wine and fellowship group. Yep – I said our church – and this group is one of the longest running groups at the church! As part of the program portion for our group, I knew this pinot grigio had to play a role, so I did a taste test to the 30 in the group. Each had three glasses, with each glass containing a different pinot grigio at a different price point. The question was simple: which is your favorite?

As I uncovered to identify each sample, a few people preferred the $10 version (Stella), while a few more liked the $15 wine (Tiefenbrunner); but by far, the majority of the attendees liked this mystery wine the best – including a particular good friend and wine enthusiast who raved about it.

Watching his reaction to learning that this wine came in a one liter green box with a plastic screw cap priced at $7 for a was priceless. Although he enjoys a wide variety of wine and has a respectable pallet, he (like everyone) has his quirks, which includes not wanting to be seen purchasing wine in a bright green box.

No – this story is not about my friend’s quirkiness, but one about the wine in the bright, green box. In general, I unquestionably prefer red wine to white. However, this one was interesting because of the way someone introduced to me and how I used. Besides, many of us like a good value.

This wine in the bright green box is inexpensive and contains more wine (1000 ml compared to a normal bottle with 750 ml). Since then I tried the cabernet sauvignon version in the purple box, but it did not win me over. If you are looking for that casual white wine to enjoy on a nice day, look for Bandit in the bright green box at your grocery store. By the way, it also comes in a half-liter box, which is perfect for one with a straw.

8 thoughts on “On a Wine Bandit

  1. I assume you meant this wine was nice for drinking on a DECK, not a desk. Otherwise, if you’re drinking on your desk, you MIGHT want to sock away a little money, in case you get fired, for some strange reason. 😉
    I don’t drink wine, but I’d buy this stuff, get a really snooty-looking bottle, and put the wine in the bottle. Convince a bunch of highbrows this is some exotic from French vineyards, then do the reveal. Just to watch somebody have a seizure realising they drank wine from a NEON GREEN BOX! 😀


    • John,
      Thanks for the catching the typo, which has been corrected. I must say, the look on my friend’s face when I revealed the green box was priceless! I actually reminded him about it yesterday. As always, many thanks.


  2. What a horrible bit of news. Steve Jobs is dead. The man who hooked me on computers, the man with so much vision, with us no more. My father still has the Apple 2 my folks bought me in 1979, and I have 2 Apple 2e’s upstairs. I’d have an Apple iPad if I could afford it. I loved the two Steves, jobs and Wozniak, and their valiant climb from that Cuppertino garage to where the company is today.
    Sorry, folks, there’s something in my eye. Must be that dang cat fur….. 😦


  3. I’m gonna pick some of that stuff up if I see it at Trader Joes. Some friends got together one time and did a similar taste test with beer. The cheap stuff was the overweening favorite.


    • Welcome Hansi,
      When it comes to wine, Trader Joe’s has good deals, but one has to look for them as they are there. This Bandit is one to remember for bang for the buck. Hope you stop by again.


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