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Winemaker’s Rountable: Five Facts About… Pinot Grigio

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Sometimes spritzy, always easy, Pinot Grigio is certainly a favorite white wine for spring. With its warm days and cool nights, Temecula is an ideal spot to grow Pinot Grigio, which requires plenty of sunshine to develop the vibrant apple and melon flavors for which it is known. And everyone enjoys drinking it, especially when paired with a chunk of aged Gouda cheese, Marcona almonds and dried apricots, a grilled salmon salad with a healthy squeeze of lemon, or a nice bowl of penne tossed with spring vegetables and butter.

Below are five fun facts on this Old World varietal, plus some suggestions on where to pick up an affordable bottle at one of your local Temecucla Valley wineries.

  1. Pinot Gris (French) and Pinot Grigio (Italian) refer same grape – just different countries and different styles.
  2. Very closely related to the Pinot Noir grape, the grape normally has a grayish-blue skin, accounting for its name – gris meaning “grey” in French; pinot comes from the French word “pine cone,” which could have been given to it because the grapes grow in pine cone-shaped clusters.
  3. The first American Pinot Gris vines were planted in Oregon in 1966 by David Lett from Eyrie Vineyards.
  4. Pinot Gris grows well in the Central and South coastal areas of California. The Pinot Gris from California is often called Pinot Grigio because of its similarity in style to the wine of Italy.
  5. Pinot gris is considered an “early to market wine” – which means it can be bottled and out on the market within 4–12 weeks after fermentation.  This white can be opened and consumed young.

Temecula Valley wine country Pinot Grigios to try:



Father’s Day Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Summer is almost upon us!  Temecula Wine Country kickstarts the summer solstice with a little Fatherly appreciation and a host of amazing events sure to make this Father’s Day is a truly memorable experience for everyone. On June 18th and 19th, our member wineries are offering a diverse slate of activities for Dad to enjoy – like BBQ buffets, live music performances, beer and artisinal cheese pairings.  For those of you wanting to treat that special man in your life to a more romantic experience – how about taking a lovely horse-drawn carriage ride through one of the vineyards?

Saturday, June 18th

Stuart Cellars Vineyards & Winery

Hilltop BBQ – 6:30pm-10:00pm – Come enjoy an evening of award-winning Stuart Cellar wines, live entertainment by “Gold Rush Country”, dancing under the vineyard stars and an unforgettable menu prepared by Michael Cragg, Chef and owner of Temecula Catering Company. To RSVP, call 951.676.6414.


Sunday, June 19th


Wilson Creek Winery

Creekside Grille will be offering All-You-Can-Eat Beef Ribs for $24.95.  Enjoy the great ambiance of the winery complete with live music under the pavilion. Reservations are recommended; call 951.693.9463.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Father’s Day Wine, Cheese & Brew tasting – Enjoy our wine and Black Market Brewery beers paired with Boar’s Head Artisan Cheeses. The tasting includes five cheeses paired with the wine and brews. Live music by Jacqui Foreman 2-5pm. Price is $15pp for non-wine club or $5pp for wine club members and their guests. Call for your reservation today, 951.491.0825.


Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Enjoy carriage rides through the vineyard on Father’s day from 11am to 2pm along with wine tasting and live music. Call 877.80.RANCH for more information.


Oak Mountain Winery
Treat Dad and Grandpa to a unique Father’s Day of Wine, Beer and Pizza overlooking the panoramic views of Temecula Wine Country. This experience packs a manly punch to include 2 glasses of draft beer from Craft Brewing Company and a complimentary Beer Glass or a glass of Oak Mountain wine of your choice, 2 slices of gourmet pizza (your choice of cheeseburger, hot wings and goat cheese) provided by Grate Gourmet pizza company and a carrot cake cupcake provided by Wine Country Sweets; all just for dad! Call 951.699.9102 for reservations.

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Father’s Day BBQ Buffet – Show Dad how to celebrate Father’s Day in “man” style and bring him to Ponte for a Father’s Day BBQ Buffet! From 12pm-4pm, the Restaurant at Ponte will offer a buffet featuring Five Spiced Baby Back Ribs with a Hoisin Glaze, Charred Polish Sausage with Sauteed Peppers, Onions and Hot Mustard Relish, Dry-Rubbed Tri-Tip with a Super T Demi, Buttermilk Biscuits and Cornbread Muffins, Grilled Summer Vegetables, Cherry Cheesecake and more! Reservations are recommended. Call 951.694.8855.

Robert Renzoni Winery

Annual Fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Renzoni will be providing gifts for Dads who visit that day. The winery will be donating $2 for every bottle of wine sold on Father’s Day and will feature the flamenco guitar sounds of the Sister Speak Duo from 2-5pm. Please stop by and support this fight against Parkinson’s Disease! 951.302.VINO (8466)

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