After cracking into a couple of Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio bottles from the 2021 vintage, I’ve been comparing notes and there’s been a bit of a shift towards lighter, softer flavours compared to the 2020 vintage.
The Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio brings notes of green apple and melon with a soft, light and clean body with a crisp finish. The body of this non-alcoholic Pinot Grigio is light, relatively short and low in depth which will likely make this a little on the light side for some people.
|Calories:||16.7 calories / 100ml|
|Main Notes:||Green Apple|
|Cost:||$15 – $17|
|Rating:||6 / 10|
READ THE FULL REVIEW BELOW
- Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio Taste.
- Where to Buy Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio.
- Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio Nutrition.
Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio Taste
The Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio has extremely light, crisp and clean fruity hints in each glass and changes things up from the 2020 vintage in a couple of keyways. The best change is that the overly forward grape skin/grapeseed taste is a lot less prominent.
In each glass of the Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio is going to be similar to the previous vintage and will bring you flavours of:
- Immediate fruity hints, green apple and melon – these are super light;
- Short, light and clean body that doesn’t carry a lot of weight; and
- A crisp, clean and tart finish that, similar to the body, is not overly weighted.
As you have probably picked up the 2021 vintage is, in one word light, while also being soft in flavour while at the same time dropping much of the grape skin extract earthiness the 2020 vintage had. It does build in weight as you let it warm in the glass, however, this comes with other trade-offs from a taste profile and I wouldn’t recommend it.
I have found the 2021 vintage of the Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio is picking up on a lot of what sister brand Funky Monkey and the overall profile is near identical to what you can expect from a Funky Monkey wine.
What I Like
Things to Consider
|Not sweet like many white options are.||Light-weighted body that will likely be too thin for some.|
|Crisp and tart finish.||Soft flavour profile which is not as bold and full as other options.|
Let’s get into whether or not this is an alcohol-free Pinot Grigio for you?
Who Is Plus and Minus For?
The Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio is supremely light, which makes it suited to anyone who is looking for a wine that is not overly fruity or powerful. While it does provide hints of fruit, it’s likely to be a bit thin and light for most.
If you’re looking for whites with a more full and flavourful body, weight and flavour profile I’d recommend looking into the options below:
Where To Buy Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio
You can buy Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio easily at locations right across Australia in-store and online through traditional retailers like First Choice Liquor or the non-alcoholic specific ones like Brunswick Aces and Craft Zero
If you’re looking for a bottle or two, it will cost you between $11 – $16/bottle.
Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio Nutrition
At only 16.7 calories and 2.7 grams of sugar per 100ml, the nutritional side of the Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio looks great. While being low in calories and sugar it is also fat-free and will be suited to anyone looking to keep the calories down while looking to enjoy a glass of wine.
I recently wrote all about the sugar and calories in wine and put together an analysis of the top sellers which you can read all about here.
If the full nutritional information is what you’re after, you can dive into the table of Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio nutritional information below.
|< 0.1 g|
< 0.3 g
< 0.2 g
When to Drink This Alcohol Free Pinot Grigio
I’m in two minds about this one, pairing it with a white fish, light salad or chicken would work however pairing it with anything too powerful will all but drown it out.
For this reason, I’d be inclined to keep the rich and powerful flavours to a minimum if you’re drinking with food. Otherwise, it’ll likely be better suited to being enjoyed without food when you get to grasp all the light flavours on their own.
The Wrap Up: Final Thoughts
If you’re in the market for a light, bright and soft non-alcoholic pinot grigio then the Plus and minus option is something you should consider. However, if you’re looking for a more flavourful and well-bodied non-alcoholic white option, there are a few really good options out there that would be worth trying out like the Giesen and De La Tautila.
One of the things I did like about the 2021 vintage of the Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio is that the team have managed to do away with the earthy and slightly musty Grape Skin/Grapeseed extract smell and taste that was in the 2020 vintage and left me feeling like I was gumboots deep and cleaning out fermenter vats
Overall, while a bit light for me and not overly suited to my tastebuds sees this one landing a 6 / 10. However, if you’re interested in a light and crisp Pinot Grigio the links to pick up a bottle are below.
- Brunswick Aces (TIPPLE12 at checkout gets you 12% off)
- Craft Zero (TZERO at checkout gets you 10% off)
- First Choice Liquor