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Corte Giara Pinot Grigio 2011

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
    12.4% ABV
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    12.4% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Bright straw-yellow in color, with delicate aromas of lemon citrus and acacia flowers. Fresh and well-balanced with good depth and a long, attractive finish.

    This wine pairs easily with shellfish, paella, chicken salad, pasta and other light fare.

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    Corte Giara

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    Corte Giara, Veneto, Italy
    Created in 1989 by the Allegrini family and a select group of grape growers in the renowned winemaking district of Valpolicella, Corte Giara is an innovative project aimed at delivering everyday wines that combine tradition with a modern, eclectic and international approach. Corte Giara wines are typically crisp, highly aromatic and easy to drink, aimed at wine enthusiasts looking for quality at an attractive price.

    The Allegrini family, owners of the acclaimed eponymous Allegrini winery, started the Corte Giara project with the intention of emphasizing Veneto's winemaking heritage — proving that this region can produce approachable and easy-to-understand wines without sacrificing quality or tradition. Corte Giara offers the traditional Veronese appellation wines like Valpolicella, Soave, Amarone, and Ripasso, as well as other varietal wines from the Veneto region.

    A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

    Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

    Pinot Gris/Grigio

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    One grape variety with two very distinct personas, Pinot Gris in France is rich, round, and aromatic, while Pinot Grigio in Italy is simple, crisp, and refreshing. In Italy, Pinot Grigio is grown in the mountainous regions of Trentino, Friuli, and Alto Adige in the northeast. In France it reaches its apex in Alsace. Pinots both “Gris” and “Grigio” are produced successfully in Oregon's Willamette Valley as well as parts of California, and are widely planted throughout central and eastern Europe.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity, so full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear, and almond skin. Alsatian styles are aromatic, richly textured and often relatively high in alcohol. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is much more subdued, light, simple, and easy to drink.

    Perfect Pairings

    Alsace is renowned for its potent food–pork, foie gras, and charcuterie. With its viscous nature, Pinot Gris fits in harmoniously with these heavy hitters. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works better with simple salads, a wide range of seafood, and subtle chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Outside of France and Italy, the decision by the producer whether to label as “Gris” or “Grigio” serves as a strong indicator as to the style of wine in the bottle—the former will typically be a richer, more serious rendition while the latter will be bright, fresh, and fun.

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