The in-fashion Pinot Grigio is hard not to like. It is the perfect lunchtime accompaniment for its not too high alcohol and relatively easy-drinking characteristics. It is an inoffensive and versatile wine, but it can be accused of being bland and boring. True, there is heaps of unexciting Pinot Grigio on the market, particularly the seriously cheap stuff coming out of Italy. But pay a little more, not too much more, and you should find something quite captivating.
Pinot Grigio will usually come in one of two forms. That is ‘Pinot Grigio’ – the dry, lean Italian style, and ‘Pinot Gris’, a slightly fuller, richer and sometimes sweeter style with an almost musky edge. Go to Alsace for a good example of Pinot Gris.
Our most recent additions from Italy come from Tenuta S. Anna, who are producing fabulous sparkling wines, two of which we have acquired, the pink Cuvée Rosé and the red Cuvée Rouge. In addition, the super sexy Goccia Pinot Grigio, in the form of the typically lean and crisp Italian style, but with a much more interesting flavour profile than those bad examples that tend to bore us from time to time.
Santa Anna estate is located in the Lison Pramaggiore district of eastern Veneto, near the ancient Venetian town of Portogruaro, about 50 km east of Venice. Eastern Veneto is predominantly known for grain cultivation, but Lison Pramaggiore has been historically devoted to winemaking, a parcel of land with vineyards among fields of corn and soybeans. The Santa Anna estate has 140 hectares (350 acres) of land in this DOC. The soil is rich in clay, sand and limestone.
Click here to view the range from Tenuta S. Anna.