2010 Clarksburg Toolbox and 2011 King Estate Pinot Gris

For my last two pinot gris of the summer (actually Clarksburg calls theirs pinot grigio), one from Napa and one from the Lorane Valley, southeast of Eugene, Oregon.

(the usual picture, which I was too lazy to take this time, goes here)

So the Clarksburg is your Get You Where You Want to To pinot grigio, inexpensive (under $10), a little on the sweet side.  Screw top to make the drinking go quicker.  I didn't mind it but I didn't drink it all either.

The King Estate from Oregon ran me close to $18 and was very nice, a good blend of acidity and various notes.

So this wraps up my spring and summer of pinot gris/grigios and Gewurtzes.  To sum up, I'd way that PGs aren't my favorite whites but they're not my least favorite either.  I drank cheap ones and I drank expensive ones, and in general they don't have enough oomph for me.  Gewurtzes seem like variations on a riesling theme.  I didn't find any that were funky or overly spicy, which is what Gewurtz tends to be known, or infamous, for.  Except for the one a week ago with a lemony sheen that was distinctive, most of them seemed pretty close to riesling to my taste buds.

After much deliberation I've decided for the fall and winter to drink cabernet sauvignon and grenache.  I've had the occasional cab over the years but don't know the grape well at all.  My original thought was to pair that with Italian reds, but then grenache popped into my head.  And then, I was checking out at the Liquee Mart today, there was a bottle of grenache sitting on the counter next to the cash register.  It was a sign.  So that's what we have to look forward to for the next six months.