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Sonance

Sonance
NV Pinot Grigio, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .75%
Fair Trade Certified & Carbon Neutral
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.95
Best Buy

Sonance
NV Pinot Grigio, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .75%
Pale straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a complex, breezy dried apricot and mango, starfruit, sage, and limestone and diesel finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A snappy and silky Pinot Grigio with complex minerality not unlike a fine German Riesling.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: honeysuckle and lemon zest
Taste Flavor: dried apricot and mango, starfruit, sage, and limestone and diesel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Brook Trout, Roast Copper River Salmon, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A snappy and silky Pinot Grigio with complex minerality not unlike a fine German Riesling.

The Importer

United Nations of Wine

The Importer
8 Royal Ascot Lane
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
27 11-884-3304

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.