What’s in My Glass? Pinot Blanc
Fall has been slow in coming to NYC. Somehow, it’s still 80 degrees at 3pm, and the leaves are greener than ever. Mother Nature’s reluctance to bring Autumnal elements into the concrete jungle hasn’t stopped Brooklyn foodies from craving the fall menu changes and the ability to use an oven without sweating.
Seeking a cozy, fall night cuddled up at the Bachelorette pad is how I discovered Four Graces Pinot Blanc, a wonderful fall white from Oregon and an exciting alternative from Chardonnay with classics like creamy chicken pot pie, roasted turkey, or even Cheddar Cheez Combos.
Known historically for making sparkling and still wines in theAlsace region of France, Pinot Blanc is also grown across Germany and Austria as well as in the Pacific Northwest. A cousin of Pinot Noir, this grape is likewise delicate and makes weighty white wines where floral and green apple flavors prevail.
The 2011 Four Graces was heavy and rich on the palate, with creamy and bright green apple flavors balanced out by hints of baking spice. Happy hints of gooseberry and tart pineapple came out to play with the second glass, and before we knew it this Pinot had gracefully disappeared.