2015 Wy'East Pinot Gris
Wy'East Vineyards are located in Hood River, Oregon just 60 miles East of Portland. We first visited Wy'East Vineyards and discovered their passion for Pinot Gris in September of 2016.For Wy'East Vineyards, wine making begins in their Columbia Gorge vineyards where they specialize in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. As a small production winery their goal is to produce quality wines, manage a sustainable business and contribute to the economic vitality of the Columbia Gorge. We are happy to bring you Wy'East Vineyards' wines from one of 2017's Best Wine Destinations named by Wine Enthusiast.~ Cheers Always
On The Nose
Smell an earthy undertone with notes of bright citrus, key lime, honey comb and hints of ripened green apples.
A great testament to the cool Columbia River Gorge AVA (american viticulture area), which flanks both the Oregon and Washington river banks.
On The Lips
Taste tropical flavors of papaya, and quince.Along with citrus notes of sugared grapefruit, ginger and a hint of honey on the finish.
This Pinot Gris is surprisingly full bodied compared to most NW Pinot Gris, this can be associated with the age of the vineyard. Wy'East harvests these grapes from one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the NW.
On The Table
Pair with pan seared trout with pecan brown butter sauce, creamy parmesan garlic mushroom chicken, a blue cheese and asian pear salad with honey roasted walnuts or roasted pineapple with whipped ricotta cheese and sea salt.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are in fact the same grape. Pinot Gris is the French name and where this grape originates from - Gris meaning grey in French.While French in origin, Pinot Grigio is the Italian name and it is Italy who is most well known for producing this grape and making it famous.
Let's take it one step further ... Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Meunier are all mutations of Pinot Noir. What does this mean? These wines are not only related, but are THE SAME! Each variation is actually being identified by the grape color.
What causes these mutations in Pinot Noir? Let's go back to Chemistry - Pinot Noir has unstable chromosomes.This means that if you plant an acre of Pinot Noir on a piece of land with the wrong conditions, over time you may end up with Pinot Blanc and over more time that Pinot Blanc may mutate into Pinot Gris.