by Fred McMillin
California, Here I Come
So far, Pinot Gris (gree) in the U.S.A. has been an Oregon success story...so much so that now some winemakers in California are taking a shot at it.
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The best shot from California we've tasted is the '97 Pinot Gris by Handley. It hit the bull's-eye at Fort Mason, where it was voted Best White Wine of the Course. Some of the competition cost $5 more than the $16 Gris.
1997 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley
There were a lot of other new developments around the time of the Pinot Gris' 1375 debut in Hungary. In England that year a new literary figure was introduced, Robin Hood. In Germany a new diversion was introduced; dice were being replaced by playing cards. In Burgundy, the Duke banned the growing of the now-famous Gamay grape of Beaujolais. and if you were European, you ate your main meal at 9 o'clock in the MORNING! Ham and eggs and Gris??...I dunno.
Credits: Hugh Johnson, James Trager, Jancis Robinson
Note: For more about Handley, see the Nov. 9, 1998 WineDay titled "Brix and Bubbles".
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