Long summer holiday weekends seem to clamor for the pouring of white wines. With so many varying types of activities that tend to include all kinds of friends and family and generally take place in the sun and heat, I am always on the lookout for refreshing, simple, crowd-pleasing bottles of white. A combination of early afternoon heat and readying for a wedding found me plucking Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris 2010 from the fridge. Jean Sparr founded Domaine Sparr in 1680, many generations later, Pierre Sparr revitalized his family’s estate with his business sense and pioneering practice of estate bottling his wines. Today his sons René and Charles have continued to enlarge the vineyards and practice sustainable and organic viticulture. Following their father’s motto of “invest, progress and maintain”, they have enlarged the estate and adopted sustainable and organic farming methods. They produce a varied range of wines from single vineyard grand crus, to reserve cuvees to entry level, budget friendly everyday wines.
 
Pale gold in colour, aromas of citrus blossom and traces of dried herbs swirled about in the glass. Tart lemon notes in the nearly medium body brightened up flavours of summer apple and pear. Zesty grapefruit and stony minerals comprised the racy, snappy finish. Sunny and refreshing, this is a friendly glass great with appetizers and lighter meals.
Alsace
France
Bottled by Mason Pierre Sparr Successeurs
13.5% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2013

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