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Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio 2010

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
    12% ABV
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    12% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Fresh and fruity with a clean, crisp acidity accented by mild hints of hazelnuts. Soft and delicate finish that is very pleasant. It is best enjoyed young and chilled.

    Enjoy by itself as an aperitif or paired with hors d'oeuvres. Also excellent with seafood, or delicately prepared white meat dishes.

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    Ramona Singer

    Ramona Singer

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    Ramona Singer, Veneto, Italy
    For three years, fans of The Real Housewives of New York City have been asking Ramona Singer, "what is your favorite Pinot Grigio?" Though it may have come across as coy, Ramona was always hesitant to answer — because the truth was, she jumped from brand to brand, trying to find the Pinot Grigio she liked the best. Finally — with the help of Opici Wines — she found her favorite. She liked it so much, in fact, she decided to put her name on it: Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio. Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio is made from 100% Pinot Grigio grown in the picturesque, hilly Veneto region of Italy — the home of Romeo and Juliet, gorgeous Lake Garda, and distinctive wines that pair with the legendary local cuisine. The wine's label was designed by Ramona herself, as she put to good use her creativity and eye for fashion.

    Producing every style of wine and with great success, the Veneto is one of the most multi-faceted wine regions of Italy.

    Veneto's appellation called Valpolicella (meaning “valley of cellars” in Italian) is a series of north to south valleys and is the source of the region’s best red wine with the same name. Valpolicella—the wine—is juicy, spicy, tart and packed full of red cherry flavors. Corvina makes up the backbone of the blend with Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina and others playing supporting roles. Amarone, a dry red, and Recioto, a sweet wine, follow the same blending patterns but are made from grapes left to dry for a few months before pressing. The drying process results in intense, full-bodied, heady and often, quite cerebral wines.

    Soave, based on the indigenous Garganega grape, is the famous white here—made ultra popular in the 1970s at a time when quantity was more important than quality. Today one can find great values on whites from Soave, making it a perfect choice as an everyday sipper! But the more recent local, increased focus on low yields and high quality winemaking in the original Soave zone, now called Soave Classico, gives the real gems of the area. A fine Soave Classico will exhibit a round palate full of flavors such as ripe pear, yellow peach, melon or orange zest and have smoky and floral aromas and a sapid, fresh, mineral-driven finish.

    Much of Italy’s Pinot grigio hails from the Veneto, where the crisp and refreshing style is easy to maintain; the ultra-popular sparkling wine, Prosecco, comes from here as well.

    Pinot Gris/Grigio

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    Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris wine. California produces both styles with success.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity but full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to its Italian counterparts. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often much lighter, charming and fruit driven.

    Perfect Pairings

    The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Given the color of its berries and aromatic and characterful potential if cared for as it is allowed to fully ripen, the Pinot grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.

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