Pinot Blanc, Anyone?

Our previous article was on Amarone, a relatively unfamiliar wine in this region of the world. The same can be said for Pinot Blanc. It is not one of your household wine varieties. Yet, it is one delicious white wine and very food friendly. Have you ever tried a Pinot Blanc? Our Pinot Blanc pick is $14 and is Wine Number Five in the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2018.

2017 Elk Cove Vineyards Estate Pinot Blanc

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Blanc
A Change-of-Pace White Wine – Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Blanc

The 2017 Elk Cove Vineyards Estate Pinot Blanc is currently at many Costco stores for $13.99. Elk Cove Vineyards is in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This is cool climate wine country, more famous for Pinot Noir. However, certain varieties of white wine grapes grow very well in the Willamette Valley, and Pinot Blanc is one of these wine grapes.

Pinot Blanc is better known in the Alsace wine region of France. It is one of the six white wine grapes that grow in Alsace. This is where I first tried this grape varietal. In the Alsace, Pinot Blanc is just behind Riesling and Gewürztraminer in popularity. Pinot Blanc is also used as part of the blend in the sparkling wine known as Cremant. Only a handful of U.S. wineries make a Pinot Blanc.

The Elk Cove Pinot Blanc is a deliciously fresh and aromatic wine. An enticing orange flavor pops from the glass. The flavors are subtle, zesty, and stoney. The wine has a lovely lingering finish. The Elk Cove Pinot Blanc was fermented and aged in small stainless steel tanks. Therefore, no oak or heavy mouthfeel. It is a savory wine and a much-needed change-of-pace from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Blanc – Food Pairings

I love Hummus as an appetizer. It is healthy and tasty. I rarely find a wine that pairs well with Hummus. The Elk Cove Pinot Blanc does the job with Hummus. Tip: The best store-bought Hummus is at the Broadway Farmers Market in Burlingame. It is house made and it will last a week in your refrigerator. The Za’atar spiced Hummus is my favorite.

Any light fish dish will match with this Pinot Blanc. Try pan-fried Petrale Sole. Linguine with clam sauce is another good choice. A turkey sandwich on sourdough French bread will also be quite tasty.

Grocery Outlet Spottings

By chance, I spotted Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc from Sonoma County today at the Grocery Outlet in Redwood City. The cost is $5.99 and the vintage is 2014. I will soon give it a try and let you know if it is worthy of a Best Buy. Wilfred Wong on Wine.com, where it sells for $13.99, rates it 91 Points.

At the Pacifica Grocery Outlet, Mike and Ray like the Clos D Argentine Malbec for $5.99 and rate it 88 Points. Mike also likes the La Follette Chardonnay 2015 for $7.99.

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