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A Pinot Grigio for Wine Lovers

By Wes Marshall, August 18, 2012, 11:37am, On the Range

Pinot Grigio is a grape that grows easily and in huge quantities. In Italy, winemakers have watched from a distance as Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio prices have moved up to $18-$20 and wondered why they are still selling their wines for under $10.

Sadly, many of the Italian folks decided the best strategy is just to grow more and more wine, even though it is often either boring or watery, and try to make up on volume what they can’t get on price.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio. A good deal of the cost of what’s in the bottle goes to advertising and to supply/demand issues. But for wine lovers who want both a great tasting wine for matching up with a meal AND a wine that offers fascinating flavors often just bypass the varietal altogether and that is a shame. We had a visit from Romina Togn, whose three wineries in Trentino are making some of the best bargain Pinot Grigio I’ve had. Here she is discussing what makes Trentino a good area for Pinot Grigio.

This is Dan Redman, the owner of Mosaic Wine Group and a local Austin person. Just so you don’t have to try to find these wines, I asked him where they were available. The least expensive version of Pinot Grigio is called Maso Poli, which is available around town for $11.99. Torre di Luna and Lechthaler are progressively more expensive and more complex. These are perfect Texas hot weather wines, all highly recommended.

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