I absolutely love Pinot Gris from the Alsace region of France and one of the very best – especially for the price – is Les Princes Abbes 2017 Pinot Gris from Domaines Schlumberger ($20.69). Originally called Tokay d’Alsace, then later Tokay Pinot Gris, this Pinot Gris grape varietal isn’t related to the Hungarian Tokaji, which comes from the Furmint type of vine. In actuality, it is a Pinot grape from Burgundy that found its way to Alsace in the 17th century and commonly became known as Pinot Gris in 2007.
Les Princes Abbes 2017 Pinot Gris is a gorgeous, dry, fruity wine with an abundance of flavor, yet accessible to all. Swirl this Pinot Gris in the glass and you’ll find scents of honey, apple, peach, lovage and quince, along with a subtle smokiness.
On the tongue, there is a slight effervescence along with pear and apple flavors and a moderate body. You could easily enjoy Les Princes Abbes 2017 Pinot Gris all by itself and it would make a good aperitif. But it will also pair with a range of foods from foie gras, charcuterie, and salads to light turkey, pork or chicken dishes with cream sauce, omelets, and soft, washed-rind cheeses. Serve a tad colder than most white wines. This is a beautiful summer sipper.
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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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