Two Vines Columbia Crest Pinot Grigio 2009

Two Vines Columbia Crest Pinot Grigio 2009

Light, tropical and fresh Washington white table wine

I like Pinot Grigio, or Pinot Gris, for those who favor French for wine lables. It's one of those white wines that I associate with late spring and summer, partially because of the tropical and floral aromas that Pinot Grigio often displays. This particular Pinto Grigio is a Washington State Columbia Valley product, from Columbia Crest's Two Vines table wine tier. I've become rather fond of the Two Vines wines, in part because they are reliably good wines (though I favor the whites over the reds), readily available in Washington, and in the last two years, increasingly available on the east coast, where a lot of my friends and relatives are, most of whom thus far have not ventured far past California in terms of trying domestic wines. I've written about a number of Two Vines wines before.

We've been indulging ourselves with crostini, made on French baguette, lightly sprinkled with olive oil, and topped with fresh tomato, soft cheese (goat cheese and fresh mozzarella work well), sauteed local spinach, and sometimes, bacon. We wanted a nice light white wine to go with our dinner, and spotted this 2009 Columbia Crest Two Vines Pinot Grigio.

This is a 100% Columbia Valley Pinot Grigio, blended, fined and filtered as part of the post-processing before bottling, and it has an ABV of 12.5%. The 2009 Two Vines Pinot Grigio is very pale gold but quite attractive in a glass. There's a hint of honeydew melon, and something slightly floral on the nose, though I didn't notice the floral quality until after the wine had warmed a bit. The flavor is delicate, and enticing, with notes green apple, or Seckel pear. There's a mineral quality to this crisp, slightly citrus-green apple pear taste that's quite refreshing. It's not working for me quite as much as the Spanish Barbadillo Palomino Fina vino de la Table de Cadiz 2009, but I will definitely keep this Two Vines Pinot Grigio in mind this summer. Ken of Ken's Wine Guide has some positive opinions as well. I should note we picked up a 1.5 liter bottle for $9.99 on sale.

I note that Columbia Crest winemaker Ray Einberger suggests pairing Two Vines Pinto Grigio with "potato salad, cheese pizza, Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes, Tex-Mex, clam chowder and fish n' chips." I confess to being curious about pairing it with Indian cuisine, since it can be a difficult pairing. I am in particular thinking about Two Vines Pinto Grigio with Chana Chat (Chaat), Chicken Sagwala, Naviran Korma, Kashmiri Pulaav, Paneer Kulcha, and Khir.