As some may know, Pinot Gris is the same grape as the Pinot Grigio grown in Italy. For some reason, in my opinion, the Pinot Gris grown in Oregon is much more enjoyable. It’s either it’s relative crispness or maybe the overall flavor – either way, I like it more. With that said, this Erath Pinot Gris is a great example of the Oregon product. It’s a bit citrusy and light as well – it went well with our roasted mushroom risotto last night (more to come on that soon).
We enjoyed this crisp, yet full J Pinot Gris tonight with some homemade chicken dijon and baked sweet potato fries. The Pinot Gris had a crisp grapefruit balanced by honeydew and mineral on the finish. This feels like a great summer evening wine. While it’s still warm, but you don’t want overly light. This was a chairman’s selection for those in PA and can still be grabbed for a nice discount off the $20 retail.
We opened up this crisp King Estate Pinot Gris tonight to go with our greek salad with grilled chicken. (Separate post on the salad)
This wine reminds me of fall fruits like pear with honey to smooth it out. It’s a nice alternative to the very crisp sauvignon blanc which is a staple in our frig in the warmer months. King Estate is well known for their excellent Pinot Noir and they can easily add this Pinot Gris to their list of winners. We’ll pick up another bottle soon.
We are really spoiled to have so many great restaurants and bars in our area. When Noble opened, the decision became even harder as they have some masterful mixologists behind the bar. Regardless of the beer & wine happy hour specials, I seem to gravitate towards their cocktails which, considering the quality and taste are a value at less than $11 for most.
Last night, we had:
- Beet & Endive salad with blood oranges: Really liked the flavor profile and the beets were roasted and served in a good sized bite. It went quickly and wish there was more of it.
- Sweet Potato & Curry Soup: Just pure Yum.
- Grilled Flank Steak & Roasted Turnips: I think it was turnips with the steak…whatever it was, I’d like a bowl of that by itself next time.
All of the bar drinks are great, from the Old Fashioned I had last night made with two types of bitters and their own cherries (not that maraschino crap) to the Rye based beverage I had first. My other half enjoyed the Bell’s Stout first ($3 during happy hour) and then shifted to a favorite wine; Erath Pinot Gris (Oregon, 2008).