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by Fred McMillin
Super Summer Sipping—The Gray Pinot
(alias Pinot Gris)
"You really should pick up an Oregon Pinot Gris this summer. We've been writing about them for years. However, Italian, and even California versions have become so popular that Oregon's Gris seems to have taken a back seat."
Alright, before we recommend a Pinot Gris (gree)—Pinot Grigio is the Italian name of the same grape—let's check the wines from all three regions. Here are the results from tasting nine of them:
Rating The Regions—Which Was Best?
Clearly, my panel didn't put Oregon in the back seat. King Estate's two "grees" were tops, with California last. BUT WAIT! In other tastings against Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs, both the Goliath Gris and the Meridian Grigio (gree-zhee-oh) won Best Buy of the night.
And a Final Wine Smile
My lifelong friend, Richard Hunt, now lives in Palm Springs. He says there are plenty of $100 bottles in the wine shops, but that the reputation of the city's affluence is greatly exaggerated. He says there are even three homes without their own golf course.
—Research Credit: Joe Lorentz
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