Gia by Gia Coppola Frizzante
Price: ~ $10.00
Retailer: GiaWines.com or, if you're in the LA area, House of Ambrose off Barham just north of the 101
In case you haven't heard, Gia Coppola now has her own line of wines. It's not available really anywhere yet except one liquor store near Universal Studios, but it is out there, and to celebrate its soon-to-be-national full-blown release, I am going to be reviewing all three of the varietals over the coming weeks.
Let me just start by saying that I didn't realize I was going to have to revere another Coppola. First, Francis changed my life by making a little movie called "The Godfather". You may have heard of it. Then his daughter, you may have also heard of her too, Sofia, had to go and not only be a bad-ass filmmaker herself, but also be a style icon and then go ahead and make canned wine complete with straws. Now, here comes Gia, Francis' granddaughter who is a basically a baller in my eyes. She is a dope photographer, dresses in YSL suits, just released her first feature film, is a mixologist AND is now coming out with her own wines.
Thank god I have endless love to give, because if there was only a finite amount, the Coppolas would now own much of my heart.
To kick off our exploration of the Gia wines,
today we have the Gia Frizzante,
made from California Chardonnay.
The word "Frizzante" straight up gives me butterflies. White wine with effervescence is a thing to be treasured, and it is something I always have in my house. I wasn't allowed to have soda as a child, and subsequently to this day I am a sucker for anything bubbly.
Now on the other hand, the words "California Chardonnay" absolutely terrify me. They conjure up images of thick oak barrels dripping with Land-O-Lakes butter surrounded by business men in 1990's styled suits, smelling corks and generally being insufferable assholes.
Much to my relief, the Gia Frizzante tastes nothing like my Chardonnay nightmares. Sparkling with tropical notes, the Gia Frizzante tastes like a midsummer's dream that I want to have nightly as an aperitif.
Now that we're entering the true dog days of Southern California, this is a wonderful (and economical) wine to have on hand for spontaneous afternoons on your best friend's porch or impromptu Saturday pool parties.
Not only is it great, but uh, have you seen how pretty it is?
It's a fucking babe of a wine.
A+ on the packaging.
Tasting Notes: The bouquet reminds me of running through my neighbor's yard as a kid in the summer. Lots of floral notes, with hints of grass and honeydew. The palate is zesty with plenty of pineapple with a light melon finish, perfect for the island obsessed. Sweet but not overwhelmingly so.
Ross Test: Like chugging delicious fizzy fruit. Totally do-able!