Vacation is so nice. That means we are both off and get to have dinner together every night which includes wine. Woo hoo. The latest bottle I opened was a white wine our friends had brought over and we didn’t get it opened that night. Since dinner was Jamaican Jerk Chicken, I thought that a Pinot Gris from Oregon would be perfect.
The wine, Ponzi Vineyards, Pinot Gris, vintage 2014 was almost clear in the glass. I could smell lemon when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine had a light crisp effervescent taste. The wine has an alcohol content of 13.1%. You can find them online at http://www.ponziwines.com. The wine was a good match with the spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken.
Ponzi Wines is one that I’ve had on my list to try, but haven’t bought any yet. Now I will be trying other bottles of Ponzi. I might even have to take a road trip.
Spring is well under way with sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Sitting around soaking up some sun and gentle breezes also includes sipping lighter wines. Red wine is always in for some, but spring and summer offer lighter fare, more salads, grilled chicken and chilled beverages. There are so many varietals of white wine, so many different tastes, all of which offer something for everyone. From the dry mineral tastes of a Sauvignon Blanc to the crisp fruitiness of a Pinot Gris, depending on your mood you can find a white wine to fit the bill.
One of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc’s is Joel Gott 2011, California. It had a dry mineral taste that was very clean and crisp. It is almost colorless in the glass, with just a hint of yellow. It was a wonderful light wine, from the first glass to the end of the bottle. I recommend drinking it chilled, around 45° or so.
Another white wine that is a favorite here is an Italian Pinot Grigio from Ruffino. Lumina has been one of our favorites for years. Ruffino Lumina is always consistently very tasty. A semi-dry white wine that tastes like pears and is almost clear in the glass. This one goes good with chicken and pork or all by itself. This is another wine I recommend drinking chilled, brings out the crispness.
Spring is a time for renewal and growth, a perfect time to try new wines and old favorites. I have more white wine varieties that I love and will write about them in the coming weeks.