Near the top of the list of my favorite wine varietals is Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio or Grauburgunder). The grape gets its name from its typically grayish-blue color. I’m especially fond of the slightly spicy versions of Pinot Gris that are plentiful in Alsace and, to a lesser extent, in Germany. These are edgy wines with lots of minerality.
Recently, I came across a German Pinot Gris from Salwey Estate ($21.69) in the province of Baden, Germany that I really loved. Salwey Pinot Gris is crisp and acidic with full fruit flavors and a firm mineral undercurrent. This wine offers enticing aromas of pear and lemon with opulent apple, pear, peach and lychee flavors on the palate.
Made with 100% Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder in Germany), winemaker Konrad Salwey really knocked it out of the park with the excellent 2016 vintage. Stock up while you can; this is a wine that will age well for the next five to seven years.
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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.