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Benvolio Pinot Grigio 2011

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    12.5% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    Made from 100% Pinot Grigio, this is an excellent expression not only of the variety, but of the Grave del Friuli terroir. Vibrant on the palate, the crisp acidity acts as a counterpoint to the peach, almond, and light floral notes in the wine.

    Outstanding as an aperitif, or when paired with summer salads, snapper, sole, sushi, grilled chicken, and risotto based dishes, this is an excellent example of what Friulian Pinot Grigio is capable of.

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    Benvolio

    Benvolio

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    Benvolio, , Italy
    Benvolio
    There is no place on Earth that cherishes the inseparable relationship between food and wine like Italy. So it was only natural to challenge our local winemakers with the task of sourcing wines that reflect their unique, authentic terroir while possessing outstanding food-pairing ability. The result is Benvolio.

    Benvolio is made from grapes grown by our farmers, friends and neighbors in Friuli, a wine that displays true regional fl avor and has a distinctive personality. Our local winemakers spend much of their time in the allows them to select the very best grapes this unique Italian region has to offer. Benvolio means "well-wisher" in Italian. As such, it is our wish that you enjoy the unmistakable flavors our winemakers have selected for you.

    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

    Chenin Blanc

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    Responsible for some of the world’s highest quality white wines, Chenin Blanc doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Unquestionably at its best in its birthplace of the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc can do it all—from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still or sparkling. Perhaps Chenin Blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. Chenin Blanc is also widely planted in South Africa, where it is occasionally labeled as “Steen,” and to a lesser extent in California.

    In the Glass

    Chenin Blanc ranges from austere to richly sweet, with aromas of McIntosh apple, honey, beeswax, jasmine, hay, and quince. When grown in warmer regions, Chenin Blanc develops richer, tropical-fruit flavors, such as pineapple and melon, as well as ripe stone fruit. Often these wines carry some residual sugar.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cool-climate Chenin Blanc has the structure, austerity, and chalky acidity to work with antipasti or unadorned seafood, such as oysters and shellfish. Off-dry styles work well with the sweet-and-sour nature of Thai and Vietnamese food.

    Sommelier Secret

    There are several appellations throughout the Loire Valley devoted to producing different styles of Chenin Blanc. Vouvray, Saumur, Anjou, and Savennieres are known for excellent dry and off-dry wines; Vouvray, along with Montlouis, Bonnezeaux, and Quarts de Chaume, produces glorious late-picked sweet wines whose high sugar levels are offset by Chenin Blanc’s hallmark acidity. Sparkling Crèmant de Loire, Saumur, and Vouvray provide delightfully affordable and flavorful alternatives to Champagne.

    EMP77825_2011 Item# 118022

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