Vezzo Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2013


Sunny and easy drinking, this is a phenomenal value and wonderful with a wide variety of dishes.

Winemaking: I was unable to locate estate or winemaking information; the only relevant information is the importer is Summit Selections. Based in New York, Summit Selections focuses on “discovering independent wine producers from emerging and established regions with an emphasis on organic and sustainable wine making practices”.

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow in colour with intriguing aromas of lemon and hints of basil pesto. Lemon and red apple notes were supported by a sunny acidity, whilst traces of almond and citrus comprised the dry, smooth finish.

Pinot Grigio [I could not verify varietal percentage]
IGT delle Venezie
Estate Bottled by VI/318
12.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Renato Keber Pinot Grigio Riserva Collio 2010


A lively, distinctive Pinot Grigio.

Estate: Renato Keber’s great grandfather founded the estate in the 1900’s when the area was still under Austrian rule. Located in northeastern Italy near the Slovenia border, today the estate consists of 15 hectares of terraced vineyards.

Philosophy: “The character of our wine is rooted in the tradition of our ancestors, just like our vines, rooted into the soil cultivated by our fathers.”

Winemaking: Grapes are macerated for an entire month in open cement tanks, only wild yeasts are used.

Tasting Notes: Honey, white flowers, fresh herbs and lemon radiate in this wonderfully unordinary Pinot Grigio. Engaging, cheerful flavours of lemon, cantaloupe, grapefruit and clean minerals culminate in a spicy, zesty finish.

Pairing: [From the winery] It harmonizes easily with hors d’oeuvres, light soups, fish, risotto, white meats, fresh cheese.

100% Pinot Grigio
Bottled by Azienda Agricola Renato Keber
14% Alcohol
$25 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris 2010

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.
Bottled by Mason Pierre Sparr Successeurs
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2013

Domaine Mittnacht Freres Pinot Gris 2009

My husband and I had an exceptionally productive trip to the farmers market this weekend, and came home with a cornucopia of fantastic organic and sustainably harvested items [he is a conscientious, selective carnivore]. To accompany our lovely bounty, I selected Domaine Mittnacht Freres Pinot Gris 2009. Founded in 1958, Mittnacht Freres is a family run estate that has been called “a domaine to watch” as they excel at producing “expressive, beautifully made wines from traditional Alsace varietals”. Headed by Christophe Mittnacht and his cousin Marc, the domaine is organic and has been biodynamic for the last 5 years. Mittnacht’s focus is on respecting the environment and creating “biologically complex, complete soils” in order to produce “original, meaningful wines”. 


Pale golden straw in colour, exuberant aromas of honeysuckle, citrus and wet slate rose from my glass.  Summer tree fruit flavours of apple, pear and apricot embraced rich honey notes along with a vibrant acidity in the light to medium body. Spicy white pepper and enlivening sea minerals composed the zesty finish. Smooth and well balanced, this is an elegant glass, brilliant on its own or at the table.


100% PinotGris
Mis en Bouteille Au Domaine [Estate Bottled]
14.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now

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
Produced and Bottled by AZ. AGR. Luisa Comm. Eddi-Mariano Del Friuli
13.5% Alcohol
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
Bottled by Varner
13.9% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2014

*Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate