2011 Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley : Guild Winemakers : Newberg, Oregon USA

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Guild Winemakers is a cooperative of four Portland, Oregon, vintners producing wines of exceptional value for the masses. They are John Grochau (Grochau Cellars), Vincent Fritzsche (Vincent Wine Company), and Anne Hubatch (Helioterra Wines). The fourth winemaking partner, who works full time for a Willamette Valley winery and participates in guild activities during his off hours, declined to be identified for citing his allegiance to his employer. It’s all part of the delicious mystery surrounding the guild, which doesn’t disclose its vineyard sources. Its spare label, a medieval woodblock depicting a winemaking guild at work, simply states either the varietal and vintage. That’s it. The reason for the secrecy? The guild is a négociant business, which means that it purchases excess fruit and finished wine from other wineries at discount prices. It’s common practice for négociants to keep their sources to themselves; the members say they are getting grapes from premier Columbia and Willamette Valley sites that, when bottled as single-vineyard wines, sell for two to four times the price. Guild’s 2011 Pinot Grigio is sourced from 100% Columbia Valley fruit. It is a dry and refreshing style with fruit aromas of pears, white peach and subtle notes of honeysuckle and melon. It’s medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with lively flavors of predominantly melon. Drink now through 2014.

Serving and Pairing Notes for 2011 Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley

Pairs beautifully with antipasto, summer salads, ripe white cheeses and simple seafood such as steamed clams and oysters.

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