Summer Gris (Makes Me Feel Fine)

May 6th, 2009 by Jeff

Wines feature in today’s show:

  • Quadri Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2007  (~$11)
  • Helfrich Pinot Gris Vin D’Alsace 2007  (~$13)
  • Benton-Lane Pinot Gris 2007  (~$17)

Recommended food pairings from The Som:

Bovee asked an interesting question during the show and I failed to bring up a point that would would have helped answer his question.  We were discussing Pinot Noir vs Pinot Gris.  I said that Pinot Gris was a mutation of Pinot Noir and that the grape skins of Pinot Gris ranged in color from light pink to almost brown.  So really the names of the grapes are pretty good descriptors of the of grapes themselves;  Noir means black and Gris means gray.One other thing I wanted to mention:  in Germany, Pinot Gris is called Rulander.

For the food pairing and recipe I’m going to focus on the Alsatian Pinot Gris.  Why?  Because it is, by far, the most interesting of all the versions.  Eat fish or roasted chicken with the other two, but with the Helfrich try this leek, artichoke, and feta number.

That’s a lot of flavor in a savory egg based tart, and you need to match that flavor and weight with your wine.  If you aren’t going with Champagne, then turn up the intensity with a P.G. or even a Riesling from Alsace.  I guaran-damn-tee you will thank me…or Bovee

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