Wednesday, May 16, 2012
In addition to good rosés, this time of year always makes me want to throw a bunch of whites in the fridge so they're nice and cold for a warm spring afternoon.
Up until just a few years ago, we rarely drank white wines. Even in the summer. But it just kind of hit me one day - a big red wine while sitting on the deck when it's 80 or 90* outside just doesn't work! So, the trek to find some good, crisp, and inexpensive whites began.
Based in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, this wine is in the King Estate 'Signature' collection. According to their website, these wines are "based on a core of organically grown estate fruit with additional fruit sourced from sustainably grown vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley." The King Estate winery has been open since 1991, growing grapes on about 470 acres of the 1,033 acres of certified organic land.
King Estate Pinot Gris is one of our absolute summer go to's. A little more medium body than most Pinot Gris', it has a nice crisp finish. It's not too sweet, but does have good citrus, peach and pineapple flavors.
This wine can be found just about anywhere - they produce about 100,000 cases of it each year. In our area, at Costco right now it's $12.49, and at Total Wine it's $12.99. It's also found on numerous restaurant wine lists, and is always a great choice. It's also great to serve at parties.
Pick up a bottle next time you see it - you will enjoy it! Cheers!