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Joseph Swan Pinot Gris Saralee's Vineyard 2008

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This wine displays classic pinot gris character of round, faintly tropical fruit with a slight floral hint. Its ample acidity allows it to pair well with typical white wine dishes such as shell fish but I like to serve it with the kind of food the Alsatians eat (Alsace is its French homeland), which is just about anything that red wine goes with other than maybe beef and game. Great with poultry, pork, casseroles, stews and the like. It also works with tacos but not as brilliantly as the gewürztraminer.

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  • 2008

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
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Joseph Swan Vineyards:
The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it thirty years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, fruit trees and pasture along with several structures including an old barn and a nearly 10... Read more
The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it thirty years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, fruit trees and pasture along with several structures including an old barn and a nearly 100 year old house. In addition to the physical attributes, it included an interesting history. The house once housed the post office of the village of Trenton along with the general store and telephone exchange. The first few vintages were made in the cellar of the house and then later in the barn. In 1974, with the help of a few friends (including Joel Peterson who would make his first Ravenswood wines here in 1976), he erected what we jokingly refer to as the tin shed. Joe wasn't interested in fancy buildings, formal gardens, and other fancy trappingsÑhe only wanted a safe, secure place to make wine. Read less

This wine displays classic pinot gris character of round, faintly tropical fruit with a slight floral hint. Its ample acidity allows it to pair well with typical white wine dishes such as shell fish but I like to serve it with the kind of food the Alsatians eat (Alsace is its French homeland), which is just about anything that red wine goes with other than maybe beef and game. Great with poultry, pork, casseroles, stews and the like. It also works with tacos but not as brilliantly as the gewürztraminer.

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