“I dream of wayward gulls and all landless lovers, rare moments of winter sun, peace, privacy, for everyone.” — William Claire
A sunny winter day on the beach. Rocky shore, the sun warming your face, the cold breeze buffeting your body and reminding you that even though the sun is shining, it’s not close to summer yet. That’s what the Witness Tree Pinot Gris Stand Sure Vineyard Willamette Valley 2010 evokes in my glass, besides nuanced citrus, apple and pear with racy acidity and a comforting mouth feel, is the promise of summer forthcoming. The hope of summer in a bottle? For $15 bucks? I’m sure you’ve paid a whole lot more for weaker metaphors.
What food pairing would rock this pinot gris? I regretfully don’t have the recipe to share (and the treasure trove of the internet yielded nothing) but the Steamed Baja Mussels with Smoked Tomato Butter and Grilled Baguette at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge would be epic with the Witness Tree Pinot Gris. Epic! For more food pairing suggestions and information about pinot gris, check the Oregon Pinot Gris website.
The details: 13.2% alcohol. Cork closure. Grape: pinot gris. Appellation: Willamette Valley. Price: $15 USD, available through Northwest Wines to You. The wine was provided as a promotional sample for the Sip & Speak broadcast with Allie Merrick of My Wine Words.
photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013
UPDATE: Chef Matt Gordon, owner of Urban Solace Restaurant, in North Park, San Diego, and Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Encinitas, California, graciously has allowed Wine Harlots to share his delicious recipe for Steamed Baja Mussels with Smoked Tomato Butter. Enjoy!