Firefly Ridge Pinot Gris 2013

I love the idea of serendipity.  Merriam Webster defines serendipity as “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.”  While I don’t believe I can live my life relying on it alone, I do try to keep my eyes peeled for it’s occurrence.  I think I may have discovered one.

After jotting down my tasting notes when experiencing a particular wine, I place them in a nifty little file at my desk.  Of course, other items come across my desk from time to time.  In this instance, I seem to have had a Reese’s peanut butter & chocolate type of moment.  You see, stuck to my notes for this selection was a post-it on which was written the titles of two popular Latin songs.  So this is a serendipitous wine & canciones moment.  Enjoy!




Oenophilogical_FireflyRidgePinotGris2013Winemaker:  Firely Ridge
Varietal:  Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Central Coast, CA
Price:  $15.99

Notes:  The color of pale lemon, the wine echoed citrus in it’s bouquet.  At 13.5% alcohol, this Firefly Ridge selection was light-bodied with bright acidity.  Flavors ran along the tropical lines with a core of citrus throughout and notes of banana and mango.  Near the finish I caught some grass and white pepper as well.  Overall, not a bad Pinot Gris to sip while enjoying some fun music.  I think it might be over-priced at $15.99, so look for it on sale at your local Safeway.


Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris – what is it?  Simply put, Pinot Gris is the French name for Pinot Grigio.  Enough said!  In addition, this wine’s label indicates it comes from 100% Vinifera rootstock.  Why is that important?  Well, most grape vines grown in the U.S. and much of Europe for wine production are grafted onto rootstock from another species of grape (such as Vitis Riparia, Vitis Rupestris, and Vitis Berlandieri).  These rootstock species are less susceptible to pests such as Phylloxera and thus help ensure successful harvests.  In this case, however, Chateau Ste. Michelle has gone pure OG by using Vitis Vinifera rootstock.

Winemaker:  Chateau Ste. Michelle
Varietal:  Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Columbia Valley, Washington
Price: $19.99

Notes:  The color of this Washington selection was extremely pale yellow. The bouquet had scents of citrus, pear and almond with light floral notes and a hint of spice. Acidity was good. Weight on the tongue was medium, and alcohol was at 13%. Flavors I found included bitter orange and pear with a faint note of cantaloupe.  The finish brought grass and toast.  I found it a fairly complex and interesting glass of wine.  This is one I’d be happy to serve to guests at a cocktail party or with light hors d’ouvres.

Gris/Grigio means gray. You can see why this varietal acquired it’s name. Photo by Andrew Fogg.