The first wine vintage of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards—which was founded by Don and Wendy Lange—was 1987.
Lange is located in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley and the winery, which was originally built upon Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, now also produces a wide range of wines such as Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo, a Brut Rosé sparkling wine, and others.
Recently, my wife and I enjoyed a dinner at Log Haven restaurant, where we ordered a bottle of Lange Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2018 ($18.05) to accompany our meal. It was a great choice.
Lange Estate was the first winery in the United States to produce barrel-fermented Pinot Gris. That was back in 1987. Today, Lange uses neutral French barrels to make a New World Pinot Gris that is rich, well-balanced, elegant, and just plain delicious.
This lovely wine tastes of stone fruits, melon, honeysuckle, and tangerine, with nice minerality and a good acidic backbone.
At Log Haven, this Pinot Gris pairs beautifully with Chef Dave Jones’ Fresh Corn and Enoki Mushroom Risotto, the Halibut Poached in Asparagus Bouillon, and the Grilled Natural Chicken Breast. Log Haven is the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of Lange Pinot Gris Willamette Valley, but it’s also available at state wine stores in Utah.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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