This week has been about as far up and down on Pinot Grigio as it can get. Earlier in the week I tasted what maybe the worst tasting Pinot Grigio I ever had. Then, on Sunday, I opened what may be one of the best.
I was not to surprised on the quality of the Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio as much as how well it paired with a Sunday dinner of Pork Roast, mashed taters, sauerkraut and fresh asparagus. Castello Banfi has been one of my favorite Italian wineries for a long time, but it has always been there red wines like Chianti Classico, Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello, etc. I have enjoyed a few of their white wines, but found them uninteresting or not much different than the plethora of available white wines in the market. Albeit, at the time I wasn't really into white wines.
The San Angelo was filled with aromas of pear and honey with a little peach. In the mouth the wine was very crisp with pear, melon and citrus. The finish was long, dry with a hint of honey. Paired surprisingly well with the pork roast.
"Pinot Grigio makes terrific aperitifs before a meal. Pair them with potato salad, liver paté, brie, camembert, chicken tangine, duck, turkey, quiche, Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes, Tex-Mex, risotto with mushrooms, cheese pizza, pork, clam chowder, fried shrimp, clams, oysters, smoked fish, breaded veal cutlets, tomato and mozzarella salad."* (Nat Decants)
As you can see by above, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris is very versatile and pairs well with many foods. The San Angelo Pinot Grigio from Castello Banfi is one of the best I've had at my young white wine drinking age. It is a bit pricey for Pinot Grigio at $18, but will be a must have this summer when grilling or char-broiling a nice salmon steak or a trout.
*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks at Banfi Vinters