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CHEESE PAIRING:
Boursin
Fromage Blanc
Camembert
Mt. Lassen
Gruyere
Swiss


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This is a crisp, uncomplicated wine that should be drunk cold on a hot day. Most versions are nothing to write home about, but they are better than drinking water. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Personally, I enjoy this wine as an aperitif and the better versions – especially from Oregon, the Colli region of Italy or Alsace, France – are more complex and interesting, as well as refreshing. There's not much to analyze here and the prices (from $10 – $15) usually reflect that. They are also great food wines, especially with light salads, pastas and seafood. Mostly wines to just drink up and enjoy. They aren't meant to be aged, so drink within a year or two of the vintage.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A light-medium bodied wine with high acidity and green fruit (apple, pear) and citrus (lemon, lime) flavors, as well as some minerality. The versions from Alsace and California tend to have more pronounced fruit flavors (apricot, peach, honey), a bit more body and less overt acidity.

PREMIUM REGIONS: Italy (Trentino, Veneto, Fruili), France (Alsace), California, and Oregon (called Pinot Gris)



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spacer.gif2011 The Four Graces Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: ***
spacer.gif2010 Erath Winery Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: **
spacer.gif2010 Primosic Collio Murno Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2010 Rex Hill Winery, Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Benvolio Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ItalyRATING: *
spacer.gif2009 Chehalem Winery Reserve Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: ***
spacer.gif2009 Ronco Severo Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Trader Joe's VinTJs Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: *
spacer.gif2008 Benvolio Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Coppola Bianco Pinot Grigio, CaliforniaRATING: *
spacer.gif2008 Ermacora Colli dei Orientali Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Summerland Winery Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Tiamo Pinot Grigio, Veneto, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Derby Wine Estates Pinot Gris, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2007 Ermacora Colli dei Orientali Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ItalyRATING: ***
spacer.gif2007 King Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 O'Reilly's Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, WARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Alma Rosa Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Perfecta Pinot Grigio, Northern CaliforniaRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Terlato Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT, Veneto, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Clay Station Winery Pinot Grigio, Lodi, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Tangent Winery Pinot Gris, Edna Valley, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 La Viarte Pinot Grigio Colli, Friuli-Venezia, ItalyRATING: *
spacer.gif2001 Bedford Thompson Vineyards Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **


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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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