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Making Elixir in Alto Adige

Monday, September 14th, 2009

See more of the winemaking process at the Castelfeder winery…

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Pinot Grigio to Pinot Gris: Italy, France and Oregon

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Pinot Gris grapesThe summer months have come upon us and hopefully you, like I, have ventured into the realm of light white wines, namely or Pinot Gris (same grape, French style). In Italian is light and crisp notably different from the creamier minerality and fruitier nature of Pinot Gris in France and Oregon. Alsatian Pinot Gris has a heavier viscosity like that of a Riesling, as Alsace borders Germany and at one point was part of the German Republic. Last week I had the opportunity to drink Villa Dugo , O’Reilley Pinot Gris (a Oregon Pinot Gris done in the French style) and Cleebourg’s Alsatian Pinot Gris, all great yet different examples of this light white varietal.

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2005 Estancia Pinot Grigio

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

I first tried this several years ago at a restaurant, Catch 22 on Hilton Head Islandestancia.jpg, SC. It came recommended by the wait staff, along with a fabulous meal, and I quickly discovered this was a wine I greatly enjoyed. I cannot count the number of times I have revisited the Estancia , and have never been disappointed by any of the vintages.

This Pinot Grigio is produced in the “Monterey/Pinnacles” Vineyard, located inland of Monterey Bay, CA. I have found this wine to be light/medium-bodied, intense with fruit (apple and pear), but not too sweet. I enjoyed it tonight with a fabulous dinner (thanks to Greg and Mark)… fresh shrimp, topped with a creamy “no-holds-barred” garlic butter sauce, served over Parmesan risotto, with French Baguette. The wine has a little spice to it, which also complemented this meal very well (especially with the garlic!).

I am often asked to recommend wines to friends for their special occasions, dinners, etc… and this one is always the first I mention, and to no surprise, it is also my first . If your new to wine, its a great one to start with. It is inexpensive – retailing at around $10-$12 per bottle, it is versatile – complementing most any meal, and it isn’t too strong – with 12.5% alcohol.

A trip to the winery’s website Estancia Estates shows that Estancia’s production is diverse, as they experiment with 8 different varietals coming from 3 strategically placed vineyards in Southern California. It wasn’t until browsing the site that I discovered Estancia had a broad of a selection of varietals, which I will soon be trying… especially since I can buy online.

Go try a bottle, and tell me what you think!

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