Bethel Heights Pinot Gris Oregon 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of Meyer lemons, mandarin, and lime blossom. The palate showcases a refreshing focused core of citrus fruits over bright acidity, carrying the wine to a long finish. This wine exhibits the grace and transparency of a cool year, hallmarks of a great vintage.FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS: This Pinot Gris is dry, with a strong citrus backbone. Food choices abound! Seafood is a natural choice. See our website recipe collection for suggestions, including hazelnut crusted salmon with pesto, or scallops with fennel marmalade. While we think of Pinot Gris slightly chilled as perfect for warm weather, it is truly a wine for all seasons. For cooler weather, thinkof lightly spiced Thai dishes, featuring shrimp or pork. Also, many Asian preparations featuring coconut milk asa base for chicken or vegetable curries are enhanced by the fruit forward citrus aromas and flavors of Pinot gris.www.bethelheights.com

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Bethel Heights Vineyard:
Two families established Bethel Heights Vineyard in 1977, in the Eola Hills northwest of Salem, Oregon. Twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel and their partners Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb detoured into winemaking after trying their hands at other careers and interests. Ted and Pat were graduate students doing historical research in France when they discovered the joys of wine. Marilyn and Terry ... Read more
Two families established Bethel Heights Vineyard in 1977, in the Eola Hills northwest of Salem, Oregon. Twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel and their partners Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb detoured into winemaking after trying their hands at other careers and interests. Ted and Pat were graduate students doing historical research in France when they discovered the joys of wine. Marilyn and Terry were practicing therapists in Seattle when they started drinking Burgundy and became wine enthusiasts. Reunited by their newfound interest in wine, in 1977 the two families, together with Pat's sister Barbara Dudley, bought 75 promising looking acres and started a new life. For the first thirty years Ted was responsible for the vineyards and Terry made the wine. Pat and Marilyn shared responsibility for marketing and business. Recently the Bethel Heights team has expanded to include second generation leadership and ownership, bringing youthful energy, talent and passion into the blend. The new additions to the team are Ben and Jon Casteel (Terry and Marilyn's sons) and Mimi and Jessie Casteel (Ted and Pat's daughters), who all grew up at Bethel Heights then took off in various directions before finding their way back home. Read less

Aromas of Meyer lemons, mandarin, and lime blossom. The palate showcases a refreshing focused core of citrus fruits over bright acidity, carrying the wine to a long finish. This wine exhibits the grace and transparency of a cool year, hallmarks of a great vintage.FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS: This Pinot Gris is dry, with a strong citrus backbone. Food choices abound! Seafood is a natural choice. See our website recipe collection for suggestions, including hazelnut crusted salmon with pesto, or scallops with fennel marmalade. While we think of Pinot Gris slightly chilled as perfect for warm weather, it is truly a wine for all seasons. For cooler weather, thinkof lightly spiced Thai dishes, featuring shrimp or pork. Also, many Asian preparations featuring coconut milk asa base for chicken or vegetable curries are enhanced by the fruit forward citrus aromas and flavors of Pinot gris.www.bethelheights.com

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