|The Winey Mom and |
her Winey Grandfather
Seaside Heights, NJ
Grandma and I were buddies, and more often than not I was her companion on those walks. She and I both loved to look for sea glass. It sounds rather magical, doesn't it? Sea glass. Smooth, polished bits of blue, brown, green and white washed onto the sand in the foamy waves. But let's face it, in reality, most sea glass starts out as wine or beer bottles or maybe some industrial glass from a seaside factory. (For my purposes these days, I'm pretending ALL sea glass is from lovely bottles of wine.) But no matter where it comes from, finding sea glass was always a banner discovery.
So upon discovering a bottle of Sea Glass Pinot Gris on the shelf of my favorite wine store, my mind immediately flew back to those days of salty warmed skin and wet feet and buckets of shells and sea glass. It was a given that I'd buy a bottle.
Sea Glass Pinot Gris (2011,13.5%, CA) is made from grapes grown mostly in foggy seaside Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties. A very teeny bit comes from Napa, so we're talking some very well pedigreed grapes here. It's the grapes from Santa Barbara that give the wine it's ocean feel though. It's right there immediately in the aroma - sea air and minerals with a touch of key limes. (Can you hear the waves crashing? OK, it's a stretch, but I really wanted to.) The taste was sharp citrus on the back of my tongue and full of lime peel and minerals everywhere else. It was totally crisp and refreshing and in the end, it faded to a juicy-tart aftertaste. The perfect blend of flavors and feels for an ocean themed wine! Plus, the label is so darned pretty. It is widely available too and for the most part, under $10 a bottle. Not a bad price for a quick trip to the beach, huh?
Buy this if you want a tart, refreshing, zingy wine or if you are looking for something to go with seafood or spicy Chinese food. It would also go well with lighter chicken dishes (no heavy creams or BBQ sauces).
Or just take it to the beach and sip on it!
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