Oregon Pinot Gris
When I think of Pinot Gris, I want to jump on a plane and head to the lush, breathtaking state of Oregon. Preferably in a twin engine Cessna, gliding over the vineyards. Come on along! We’ll step out into the fresh breeze, with a hint of spice that you can’t quite name—just like the haunting spice in their stunning Pinot Gris.
Ever wonder what’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Think twin sisters who look alike, but do not share their sweaters! Both wines come from the same grape varietal, and there the likeness stops. Alsace, France is the original home of Pinot Gris, a rich wine with tropical and spicy fruit aromas. Its perky sister, the Italian Pinot Grigio, has a crisper, lighter taste with more bright citrus notes.
Oregon’s cool climate makes a Pinot Gris quite close in taste to Alsace. But wait. Time to brag, here. Oregon’s kick ass wine is actually fruitier than the French Pinot Gris—a medium-bodied white with crisp apple, almond, Meyer lemon, pear and melon notes. Which is to say, TO DIE FOR. It’s one of the least-talked-about white wines making its mark on the wine world—in a big way and at a great value. For- get the Cessna, invest your money in Pinot Gris
- Erath Pinot Gris 2011
- A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris
- King Estate 2011 Pinot Gris
- Adelsheim Pinot Gris
Grilled chicken, halibut, seared scallops, fall picnic potato salad, and any fresh salads you care to serve. Avoid acidic foods like spaghetti with tomato sauce or, for dessert, lemon meringue pie. Let your Pinot Gris believe it is the only fruit in town.
The Unforgettable Kiss
How many virtues can one wine have? First, Pinot Gris is an amazing value; it’s hard to find many bottles over $20. Second, the wine rocks at parties because it’s so food-friendly. Third, white wine boredom ends with this crisp alternative.
My BFF Pinot Gris has become Oregon’s “other Pi- not.” As the Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium urges me, you and all our wine-drinking BFFs: “Get your Gris on!”