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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Pinot Evil Pinot Grigio (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar)
Pinot Evil Pinot Grigio (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar)
(search item no. 103413)

PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Hungary's wine growing regions tend to be in cooler climates, therefore it's a perfect place for Pinot. Its best growing regions are situated with southern exposures to maximize ripening potential. Our Pinot Grigio is crafted from grapes grown on the gentle slopes of Hungary's Matra region, which lies northwest of Budapest and just southeast of Hungary's famed Tokaj wine region. Known for its mix of limestone and volcanic soils and southern exposure, this area is a major wine producing region, a perfect climate for growing "Sz├╝rkebarat", or as we know it, Pinot Grigio. Wines in this area are often made in hand-dug cellars built right into the mountain side, guaranteeing a cold fermentation process. Our distinctive medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has floral aromas and citrus flavors. Its soft finish makes this truly a food-friendly wine.

About the Octavin
Octavin Home Wine Bar's patent-pending package design prevents oxidation. Every glass tastes as fresh and flavorful as if the wine was just opened, even up to six weeks after your first sip. It's the perfect choice for those interested in just one glass with dinner.

Octavin Home Wine Bar's innovative design allows us to invest in making great wine, not expensive packaging. By eliminating heavy glass and expensive cork and closures, we reduce the cost of packaging and shipping, and pass on those savings to you. While each Octavin contains the equivalent of four standard bottles of distinctive artisan wine, you often end up paying the price of just three bottles.

So go ahead and break the glass habit--and mother nature just might thank you for it. By choosing Octavin Home Wine Bar over four carbon-inefficient heavy glass bottles, you reduce packaging waste by at least 85% and carbon emissions by 55%.

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About Pinot Evil:

Pinot Evil's artisan winemaking team shares a passion for Pinot in all forms. Julian Halasz has a distinctive advantage in making these Hungarian wines having been born and raised in Budapest, a descendent of a Hungarian winemaking family. He officially came to California to study enology after working at his uncle's and other smaller Hungarian wineries learning all about Hungary's microclimates and the old world winemaking practices still widely employed there. He interned at several Livermore, CA wineries as well to learn the best of New World techniques. Heis now one of the lead winemakers for Concannon, and he also partners with Mario to craft Pinot Evil. Now a veteran California winemaker, Mario Pulido, was first inspired to become a winemaker after an extended trip throughout Europe in the 1970s. Inspired by its old world wine and food culture, Mario loves to craft both Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir given their food-friendly natures. "I enjoy Pinot Grigio's versatility and the challenges that Pinot Noir present a winemaker, especially with finding the balance between the wine's texture and fruit components." Julian shares this sentiment about his two favorite Pinots. He feels fortunate that with Pinot Evil's Hungarian ties, he can return so closely to his roots, "Winemaking is in my blood. I have grown up around wine, and one day I just realized how much I loved the artistic aspects of it."