We go low – Dark Horse 2019 Pinot Grigio


As we scan the shelves looking for wines to evaluate,

we focus on the $10 to $30 price range. 


Why?   Because that is your price range. 


According to Vivino, the “world’s largest online

wine marketplace”,  an average bottle of what Vinvino

designates as “good” red wine costs $15.66

while an average bottle of “good” white

goes for $14.41.

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price-

that-you-can-find recommendation, just in time for the weekend. 


This week, our curiosity got the better of us. 

Can a wine that sells for less than ten bucks be worth the bother? 

As it turns out, the answer…surprisingly….is






Dark Horse Pinot Grigio is the exception to the rule…   

a true QPR (quality-price ratio) marvel. 


Medium-bodied and ever-so-slightly sweet,

this Pinot Grigio comes at you with refreshing fruit flavors

such as apple and peach.  Beneath the surface, you’ll

pick up a hint of lemon.   

Make no mistake. This is not a complex wine. 

But it is a solid option for casual drinking

and an undeniable bargain.

As a bulk buy for entertaining, it’s a no brainer. 

Serve this one well chilled.  Ten minutes in the freezer…

that’s right, the freezer…will only make it better.


Note: we sampled the 2019 vintage. 

The 2020 vintage, which we did not try,

is also showing up at retail and online. 

We doubt there’s a significant difference in taste

between the two vintages.   


Dark Horse 2019 Pinot Grigio is at Total Wine for $6.99. 

You can find it at Target or on Amazon for $7.99. 

Safeway and Albertson’s offer it at $8.49. 

The price at Fred Meyer and QFC is $8.99