My friend Neil drinks almost as much wine as I do. Heâ€™s a no nonsense guy who has figured out a few different wine styles to suit his moods and needs. If itâ€™s daylight Neil drinks Pinot Grigio. â€œBackground stuff, but it sort of pleases me.â€
Pinot Grigio is the blue jeans of the wine world â€“ simple but good. A feel good, and comfortable wine.
Background stuff is not something that excites, or strokes the ego of most winemakers but some here in Ontario are willing to oblige. And impress. Pelee Island has been producing very gulpable Pinot Grigio for as long as I remember and the 08 vintage may be their best ever. Fresh, fruity and a best buddy from the first sip. Summer patio stock for sure. Creekside in Niagara produces a drier edition that will hit the spot on hot days. Handy screwcap.
PELEE ISLAND 08 Pinot Grigio, VQA Ontario 326413 $11.95
CREEKSIDE 07 Pinot Grigio, VQA Ontario 83196
P.S. In wine country look for Pinot Gris (same as Grigio) at the following wineries: MALIVOIRE 08 Pinot Gris, Niagara ($18.95) is the designer jeans of Gris â€“ crisp for refreshment andÂ delicious for sipping. Stylish new packaging. Perfect hostess gift. HUFF ESTATE in Prince Edward County have elevated Pinot Grigio ($18.95) to something classy. Bright, jazzy and brimming with confidence. Shades of house wine at a fancy French restaurant. Another good County Gris is The GRANGE â€˜Trumpourâ€™s Millâ€™ 07 ($14.95). Lovely fruity, spicy flavours.