Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Torresella Veneto Pinot Grigio, 2006

This wine is a bit more expensive than the MezzaCorona Pinot Grigio but probably worth the premium if you're looking for a step up in elegance. It's in the same style--fresh, light and crisp with aromas and flavors of citrus, flowers and spice. Just right for spring and summer drinking or for vegetable-oriented meals.

Veneto is the area around Venice in northeastern Italy, and Torresella is located about halfway between Venice and Trieste. Although the winery was founded in 1935, the vineyards go back to Roman times. Wines are produced with an eye toward freshness and preservation of fruit: cool fermentation in stainless steel, then bottling while the wine is cold. This Italian Pinot Grigio approach produces a wine that is distinct from the more weighty Pinot Gris of Alsace. It's interesting to compare the two and choose the one that best suits the food you're serving, the season and the context.

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