Tenuta Luisa Pinot Grigio 2010 and Foxglove Chardonnay 2010

 

My sister and her fiancé were over last night and as we were preparing dinner [yes my apparently now-famous quinoa patties were involved] we decided to do an impromptu, mini wine tasting of a Pinot Grigio and a Chardonnay. We knew we would end up drinking both bottles anyway, and since she’s not a fan of Chardonnay, I wanted her to try an un-oaked, non-syrupy one next to her much-loved Pinot Grigio to see if it would change her opinion [and it did!]. We enthusiastically poured Tenuta Luisa Pinot Grigio 2010 and Foxglove Chardonnay 2010.

The Luisa winery is a 185 acre family run vineyard with a mission statement of: To provide, sip by sip, an authentic emotion, gratifying, of simple pleasure through a healthy, pure, hand-crafted wine, created with the highest respect for Nature…” In the theme of being faithful to the land, they offer tours and accommodation in the original winery from 1927 that they converted into an elegant guest home.

Cheerful gold in colour, aromas of fresh apples and sweet honeysuckle rose from my glass. Plump pear and summer hay notes mingled in the medium body. The balanced acidity and stainless steel fermentation kept each semi-sweet sip refined and refreshing. The short, crisp finish displayed a clean minerality and lingering apple notes. Simple, fruity and refreshing, this is a well-balanced, easy drinking, friendly glass.

100% Pinot Grigio
Friuli
Italy
Produced and Bottled by AZ. AGR. Luisa Comm. Eddi-Mariano Del Friuli
13.5% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2013

Foxglove is the second label of Varner wines, and has received many accolades for their quality and value. Winemaker Bob Varner sourced the grapes for this bottling from a variety of vineyards located in the Edna Valley. Made in a modern style, non-natural winemaking techniques such as tartaric acid and reverse osmosis were not used in order to highlight the terroir of the appellation and the grape.

Pale straw in colour, aromas of apple and zesty grapefruit rose from my glass. Fruity and lush pineapple and pear flavours were highlighted by fresh cut grass notes in the medium body. Aged in stainless steel, clean mineral and stone notes shone in the moderate finish. Fantastic on its own or with a meal, this is a rich, yet simple and easy drinking glass.

100% Chardonnay
Central Coast
California
Bottled by Varner
13.9% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2014

*Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate

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