• I think the label is great! Alabama’s loss. Everyone else’s gain. 🙂

    • I really do love the label. I agree, Alabama’s loss indeed.

  • Julie

    What a neat label and the story is so interesting. Thanks for sharing this. BTW: I just bought this wine. I’ll let you know how we liked it. 🙂

    • It is such a pretty label. I can’t wait to hear your opinion. 😀

  • Rebecca Rider

    Oooo… this looks delicious!! I will have to try it – I’ve been drinking mostly reds lately, a nice white would be fantastic!

    • You would love it. It is my go to wine when I need or want something other then a red. 🙂

  • Stan

    I like the name but my drinking days are behind me. Strange about Alabama, Do they sell playboy there?

    • Ah, that’s ok, at least I can entertain you with the stories about the wines. That is a very good question. I believe they do… LOL

  • Bethany Lee

    It IS strange about Alabama. That picture is so benign and all the really truly pornographic stuff that gets passed as art or as commercialism is so way worse to me, I can’t even imagine why alabama complained about this one. Weird.
    Anywho–this wine sounds great, and I love the story behind the label. And you should know by now I like a Pinot Grigio. 🙂

    • I agree. The label story was just so fascinating to read about that. BTW: you would love this wine. If you can, go give it a ry.

  • Jeannette Paladino

    Susan — Not being a wine expert, I often choose a bottle of wine based on the label. Just like going to the race track and betting on a horse because of its name. Not the way to choose winning wine or horses!

    • Ah, but with wine and horse you can sometimes get a nice surprise. Albeit not as often… LOL

  • That label is certainly different. Pinot Grigio is not that popular in my country. in fact I had never heard of it until I watch the Real Housewives of New York 🙂

    Your salad suggestion sounds delicious and I must try it.

    • The label is even prettier in person. Pinot Grigio is a lighter wine, closer to a Sauvignon Blanch but a little less sweet It was introduced a number of years ago and has been hugely popular because of its light crisp taste.

      It is a staple in any wine cellar because it goes with just about any type of food. Much like Pinot Noir, it is super versatile in that way.

      If you give it a try let me know what you think.

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Thanks for this post, Susan! I love Pino Grigios, my favourite being the Santa Marguerita from Italy. It’s magnifico! And yes, I love the label of the Cycles Gladiator. I sure would love to come down to California and do a wine and chocolate tour with you. 🙂 I’m sure we’d have a most tasty time!

    • Your welcome. The label and the story were just to cool to pass up. The fact that it was great wine made it all the better.

      We could tear it up… Chocolate and wine… Does it get any better then that? 😀

  • I had to chuckle at the Alabama banning section. This is an issue with many beers as well. I really like how you focus on the terroir of the vinyard.

    • Hi Patrick, I chuckled too. In reality it actually helped the overall sales of this wine. Go figure that one.

      Regarding the terroir of each vineyard: I find it all so interesting. I am never quite sure others do as well… LOL 🙂

  • What a fabulous label – beautiful graphics. I can’t believe Alabama banned this – do they not have better things to do? Great to have the background of the area in with the review of the wine – it makes for a real interesting post.

    • Hi A.K., It really is a beautiful label. Yeah,, go figure that about Alabama. I am happy that you like the way I write my review. Some of the information is to help give a person a flavor and feel of the different areas. 🙂

  • Henry Johnson

    Nice Post Susan. The artist in you shines through clearly. For thst you get a “You go girl.” Gonna have to see if I can rustle me up a bottle of Cycles and let you know how I like it. I may also have to put Lodi on my next west coast wine tasting jaunt.

    • Thanks Henry, Thanks means allot. I can’t wait to hear what you think about this Pinot Grigio. If you find your self in Lodi, you will have a great time. It is a major grape growing region for many of the larger wine companies. 🙂

  • Pinot Grigio most definitely is at the bottom of my wine choices… The why of the matter involves eating biscuits and gravy beforehand… I’ll spare you the details, but I am forever haunted by the experience and have since banished that varietal from my list! 😉

    • Oh my… that sounds awful. But you know, there are a number of great beverages out there that aren’t in the Pinot Grigio clan… 😀

  • I absolutely adore the label – banning it….how very bizarre!!!

    • I agree with you. Go figure Alabama… I say it’s their loss. 🙂

  • Charlotte

    Thanks for the suggestion. My girlfriends love Pinot Grigio and I can’t wait to impress them with this one.

    • Hi Charlotte, That’s awesome. This is one of my favorites and I do love the label. 🙂

  • As always, your suggestion just comes at a perfect time, Susan. I recently got to interview a Filipino sommelier a few days back. We got into the topic of Filipino food and wine pairing and he recommended to try out a Pinot Grigio to go with some of the local fish recipes here. I’ll see if I can find that here.

    Really?! They got banned because of the label?! Haven’t they heard of “never judge a book by its cover?” Or in this case, never judge a wine by its label?

    • Hi Adeline, How cool is that. I had toe good fortune of running in to a master Sommelier who told me the same thing. 🙂 I hope you are able to find this. It is a really good Pinot Grigio.

      Yeah, go figure that on the label. The funny part is it actually helped the sales of this wine… LOL 🙂