Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wine Corner Review #27: Llano Estacado Pinot Grigio

Yesterday, I got bit by the cooking bug. Now, when the cooking bug bites, you know there's nothing for you to do but head straight to the kitchen (in my case, usually by way of the store to pick up supplies). Listen, I'm not talking about fixing a meal; anyone can use a microwave and put together something on a plate. No, I mean COOKING!! Specifically, I was reading Donna Chen's excellent blog (Donna Cooks) and got inspired by her recipe (by way of Martha Stewart) for Wild Rice Salad with Lime Dressing. With just a little chopping and sauteing (is that a word?) of ingredients, I soon had one heck of a salad to enjoy for my dinner. And when you're in a salad mode, usually the best accompaniment is a very good white wine, in this case Texas own Llano Estacado (Vintner's Select) Pinot Grigio.

The robe of the Llano Estacado Pinot Grigio is wheaten amber. Putting your nose up close to the glass gives you the distinct whiff of flowers, specifically orange blossom and lavender. Blood orange and berry in the taste, with just a touch of peach on the finish. Of course, this wine works well with any greenery but really shines with Southwestern salads like the Wild Rice with Lime Dressing, as the fruitiness of the flavor really cuts the fire of the green chilies. Website is, and most of this winery's product is quite affordable and even the premium bottles are reasonable. Bite the bug back soon, and



Donna said...

Blood orange, intriguing! I need to try this.

Food Czar said...

Indeed, Donna, you should try it. And, of course, you should accompany your quaff with some of your own salad! Trust me, they work so well together!!!