- 2017 Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley, Oregon ($11.99 @Costco; California – Item #: 216898)
Don’t look now but the Thanksgiving holiday is coming up fast here in the States. Just in time, we have you covered. This Oregon Pinot Gris would be a perfect pairing for traditional holiday fare.
Fun Facts! Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape variety. It just so happens that in the old world (predominantly Italy) the wines are labeled as Pinot Grigio whereas in the new world (California, the Pacific Northwest, Argentina and New Zealand) it goes by the name Pinot Gris. (Note: there are exceptions to this rule as France and and Austria also bottle wines under the Pinot Gris name, and they are considered “old world” wine producing countries.)
Pinot Gris tends to grow well in the same places as Pinot Noir, which is no surprise since the variety is one of the best known mutations of Pinot Noir. In the vineyard, the foliage of each is indistinguishable.
Complex aromatics of honeycomb and jasmine, lemongrass, white peppercorn and lime zest bound from the glass.
This is a smooth and tangy winner from Oregon. The Wine Enthusiast likes it too, having awarded it 89 points.
Given its “$10-adjacent” price point and its versatility with a wide range of foods, it would be a fine choice for your holiday table.