Wine Press Northwest- “Perhaps the perfect white wine for a Pacific Northwest summer is Pinot Gris. The grape often associated with France and Italy grows extremely well throughout the Northwest, and it pairs perfectly with our region’s cuisine, particularly seafood.”
Best Buy! Wild Haven 2012 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $9: Wild Haven is a label for Precept Wine in Seattle. This is a delicious wine at a terrific price. It provides aromas and flavors of crisp stone fruit, lime, apple, Asian pear and minerality. It’s priced for everyday enjoyment with shellfish, pork or chicken.
Willow Crest 2012 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $12: This longtime Yakima Valley winery is owned by Precept Wine in Seattle and is enjoying a higher profile as a result. Willow Crest excels with white wines, and this Pinot Gris is no exception, thanks to aromas of minerality, apple and oyster shells, followed by crisp flavors of apple and Asian pear.
B. Lovely 2012 Pinot Grigio, Washington, $9: This label for Precept Wine in Seattle is cleverly packaged with honey bees as a theme. It’s an off-dry (3% residual sugar) Pinot Gris that is a pleasant sipper, with aromas and flavors of rosewater, lychee and fruit cocktail notes. It’s a terrific brunch wine to enjoy with a crab melt.
Waterbrook Winery 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $12: Waterbrook is one of Walla Walla’s original wineries, and it continues to be one of its largest. This is a delicious and focused Pinot Gris with aromas and flavors of apple and pear, backed with crisp, luscious, mouthwatering acidity.
Waitsburg Cellars 2012 The Aromatics Old Vine Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $17: Winemaker Ron Bunnell oversees this project that is a collaboration between Precept Wine in Seattle and Waitsburg, Wash., wine luminary Paul Gregutt. This offers aromas and flavors of lavender, dusty gravel, crushed herbs, luscious Golden Delicious and papaya.