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Alara Cellars

Alara Cellars
2017 Pinot Grigio, San Benito County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.53% RS: <1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29

Alara Cellars
2017 Pinot Grigio, San Benito County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.53% RS: <1%
Pale light amber color. Aromas of nasturtium and apple spa-water with a supple, crisp, dryish thin body and a polished, brisk lemon spritz and salted lassi finish. A light-on-its-feet pinot grigio for anytime sipping.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: nasturtium and apple spa-water
Taste Flavor: lemon spritz and salted lassi
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Casserole, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light-on-its-feet pinot grigio for anytime sipping.

The Producer

Alara Cellars

The Producer
6500 Brem Lane
Gilroy, CA 95020
USA
1 -(408) 834-8828

Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.