So we're well into Autumn but I still have a few good white wines to talk about. I'm so glad that I have the opportunity to either attend or participate in wine tastings. They give me a good supply of wines to try and consider for the "Wine of the Week."
Interestingly enough I came across a wine varietal I haven't yet reviewed. Good ole' Pinot Grigio, straight from the Alto Adige - Sudtirol region of Italy. That's right on the border with Austria and Switzerland and is part of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) rating system. The grapes come from both valley floor and slopes within the region.
While roaming about at a recent tasting, I came across an interesting bottle of Pinot Grigio. I say interesting as the type of bottle used was more like the Burgandy bottle shape and not the standard Bordeaux shaped bottling. That alone made me want to try the wine. Why the difference in the bottles? For the record, I never did find out why. The wine?
Peter Zemmer 2016 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige - Sudtirol
Now Pinot Grigio is generally a lighter white with citrus characteristics. True to form, this wine showed those two and a couple other interesting flavor notes. The wine showed a real depth of character with a little more body to the wine than most and a slight sense of both fruitiness and minerality. Some may think the wine to be a tad sweet, but that comes from the fruit, not any residual sugars. Finishing with zesty acidity makes the wine pop.
For dinner, I just happened to have some salmon with pineapple salsa. What a great combination! The citrus notes of the wine and the acidity cut into the salsa and made things really zing. I think that this would make a great Spring/Summer wine for the patio or just a casual evening. Not sure what to serve for your next party? I've always recommended Pinot Grigio for its ability to satisfy just about any white wine drinker.
What's the monetary damage to a wine like this? I'm happy to say that it's very reasonable. You should be able to find some from around $15 to $18 a bottle. It's the current vintage so availablility shouldn't be an issue. Keep some handy for your next party or for when you may still need a lighter white wine for a nice fish or shellfish dinner.