Showing posts with label Pinot Gris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinot Gris. Show all posts


I've got a new favorite girl and her name is Anne Amie! My true #1 picked this up recently, paying a little more than I normally do, $17.99, but we're finding it harder and harder to find decent wine, at least Pinot Gris, less than $15.00 a bottle. This wine, lovingly made evidently, in Carlton, Oregon, has a smokey gold appearance in the glass that I don't think I've seen before. A huge bouquet of fruit was evidenced on the nose which was followed up by just a wonderful, great experience of flavor dancing in the mouth and on the palate. Velvety smooth finish made every drop of this wine enjoyable. And I mean EVERY DROP! I easily gave this one 5 Corkscrews and am pleading with anyone who reads this to find a bottle and try. I promise you will not be disappointed and it will be money well spent. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Find Anne Amie Pinot Gris somewhere!


Monday, September 3, Little Rock, AR
Ahh Labor Day! A day spent meeting with the DirectTV guy to upgrade my receiver, for about the fourth time in two years, and then a trip to a nearby water park where evidently they were having an "Everyone overweight by 100 pounds or more gets in free" day, no we had to pay, to the discovery of today's reviewed wine. On our way home with the kids from the fat farm, they didn't qualify for free admission either, we stopped by this little hole-in-the-wall wine/liquor store that we seldom frequent. I went in looking for a bottle or two of some type of white wine and ended up grabbing a 2005 Concannon Central Coast Limited Release Pinot Gris that was selling for about $10.99/bottle. I also picked up a Pinot Grigio at the same time which caused an intellectual discussion between #1 and myself to break out. What is the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? I'm sure many of you have asked the same question and hopefully I can give you a simple answer. Pinot Gris has more alcohol content, and is a bigger, smooth, full-flavored wine while Pinot Grigio is more restrained and delicate. Simple enough. The Concannon was anything but restrained and lived up to its birthright. Very clean, full of fruit, apple, melon and citrus, and a wonderful finish. Both of us agreed that this was a great wine right off the bat. And it has to be one of the best valued wines I've had in sometime. I had tried the Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon in Las Vegas back in June and had given it 4 Corkscrews because we liked it so well. Easily gave this one 5 Corkscrews based on overall taste and excellent, excellent value. Keep up the good work Jim Concannon. I hope I get a chance to taste your wine at the vineyard some day! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink anything Concannon produces!


Friday, 5/25, Little Rock, AR
This afternoon was supposed to kick off with a party on the Arkansas River on a party barge in front of Riverfest, but due to rapid flowing water was cancelled at the last minute. #1 and I had babysitters all night, i.e. the grandparents, and decided to take advantage of the situation as quickly as our planning would allow for. #1 made a few calls and by 6:00 p.m. or so, we were off to Gypsy's, a nice little French restaurant in Little Rock. The party on the barge, which had called for steaks on the grill, was quickly forgotten about as we were treated to an excellent meal. We started off with an order of seared foie gras that couldn't have been prepared better. For entree's #1 ordered the Shrimp Fettuccine Carbonara while I went with the Roasted Chilean Sea bass served with a lobster Bearnaise sauce, both of which were out of this world. The sea bass could not have been cooked more perfectly and the lobster sauce made the dish. Our only complaint and it's more of a pet peeve than anything, is that all of the shrimp in the fettuccine dish had their tails left on. Really, does it take that much time for the chef to pull the tails? A minor complaint but still one that more restaurants should take note of. We topped the night off with an exquisite Grand Marnier Souffle that also could not have been prepared better. Oh yeah, the wine. We ordered a half bottle of the 2004 King Estate Pinot Gris which we've had other places and always enjoyed. Tonight was no exception. The nose was full of citrus, honey and orange blossom. In the mouth just a wonderful balance of fruit and citrus with perfect acidity and a nice, lingering finish. Easily gave this one 4 Corkscrews and may review in the near future and see if I can give it the coveted 5 Corkscrew rating. A cancelled party turned into a great night with a wonderful meal and delicious company. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Wednesday, 4/4, Little Rock, AR
After a somewhat busy day at work for me and a hectic deadline #1 was trying to meet on a project, we were blessed with an unexpected spend the night with grandparents opportunity for the kids. After a little downtime around the house, tending to some Little League baseball stuff and waiting for #1 to finish her project, we set out to find a nice place for a glass of wine and an appetizer or two. We ended up at Imagine A Restaurant which is one of Little Rock's newer places. After settling in and looking at the menu we decided on some raw blue point oysters, calamari, a house specialty salad and the 2005 Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris. Let me tell you this. This wine is probably the best bottle I've had in two years! A bold statement I know but there are no words to explain how good it really was. On the nose very mineral and earthy which I've really come to like in a wine. On the tongue flavors of citrus, melon, lemon and a hint of lime with an absolute perfect finish that stays on the palate long after you've swallowed. This was one of those wines that I wanted to savor every drop and hated to see it end. A perfect accompaniment to the food and great company made for a very enjoyable impromptu evening. Imagine A Restaurant has an eclectic menu with fish, meat, pasta and other dishes available. I think their entrees are a little high-priced for this market but time will tell if Arkansan's will regularly pay them. Easily gave this wine 5 corkscrews even at the restaurant price of $31.00/bottle. Great, great, great taste and I strongly recommend finding some and trying as soon as possible. I know I will be getting with T and ordering numerous bottles if he doesn't already have it in stock. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Thursday brought a return to the office and the inevitable day spent catching up on everything that occurred while I was gone. Somewhat uneventful but had a nice, relaxing evening with a nice glass of 2005 Quail Ridge Cabernet. I let this one breathe for about 30 minutes and discovered a lot of blackberry and currant flavors that I didn't taste the last time I tried this. Actually I was more in the mood for a nice Chardonnay but our wine cooler was fresh out of any white graped varietals.
Friday brought another hectic day with meetings, field work and a run to Cabot just before the traffic got too bad. Stopped by T's place and stocked up with a case of a variety of whites, Chardonnays, Pinto Gris, Sauvignon's primarily. Grabbed a couple more bottles of the Seghesio Barbera just because it is so damn good. I got home and chilled everything I had just bought and opened up a wonderful bottle of Montinore Estate Pinot Gris 2005. This was more of a splurge bottle, celebrate the weekend, even though at $11.99 a bottle it's not really at the cost level of a true splurge! This one had great citrus and fruit aromas with flavors of apples, lemons and maybe a little roasted nut swirling on the tongue. Highly, highly recommend! Capped off the night with a great run of cards during the monthly game and was well in the plus column for the night. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!