Wines are generally not on the list of summer thirst-quenchers, but this refreshing Italian white from Tuscany seems like the perfect porch sipper.
Pinot grigio – the Italian name for the grape the French call pinot gris – is best served young and fresh. That means winemakers use soft pressing and cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the crisp, zesty character. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with a light meal.
Italian pinot grigio sales are still strong, but it has lost some market share to cheaper California labels. Pinot grigio acreage in California continues to grow.
Sherry: “Dry grapefruit, lemon and lime flavors with a mineral finish.” 2-1/2 stars
Chris: “Lemon, melon and grapefruit with tangy acidity.” 3 stars Available locally for about $7.