For the Love of California

Like most people I find Californian wine to be expensive, but it can be very seductive. Good producers combine easy-drinking with a depth of character that’s hard nor to admire. Here’s a Vintages pair that I recently took pleasure in. Forgive the expression, it’s my Catholic upbringing.

EstanciaPINOT GRIGIO GOES UPSCALE: Part of the Grigio’s success is due to its simplicity and conservative nature, but I see potential for expanding the fan base by upping the quality. By filling out the wine so it feels generous as well as ‘nice’. Refreshing and fun to slurp, but also substantial enough for a chicken, or creamy pasta dinner. Naturally these ‘generous’ PG will cost more, and will come mainly from warm climates. Such as this Californian offering from Estancia. See what you think.

ESTANCIA 14 Pinot Grigio, California 418285 Vintages $16.95


LaCremaJUST IN CASE YOU NEED A SUPER SEXY PINOT: From California, of course. Spicy, silky, with delicate smooth/sweet kisses. Ten out of ten in the charm department. I seldom pay this price for a wine for home drinking, but I regularly pay more for plonk at restaurants – so, I might reconsider. Roast an herbed stuffed pork loin, add an app and dessert, and have a fab meal for under $50. Cannot complain about that.

FYI: This Pinot was made by Niagara born and trained winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas.

LA CREMA 13 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California 719435 Vintages $31.95

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