Monday, December 2, 2013

Gift Horse 1: Spindrift 2012 Pinot Gris

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Party Season!!! 

Regardless of whether you have a holiday to celebrate in the upcoming weeks, I imagine you will have one or two social engagements to attend. While it depends on the occasion if a host/hostess/party planner gift is in order per social norms, I personally like to give a little something as acknowledgement of their efforts. While wine is not always the most appropriate gift to give, it sure does come in handy in a lot of situations. I plan on highlighting the wines I will be gifting to family and friends. 

First, it is important to note that giving wine as a gift does not imply that you will be drinking it at the function. Even if you thoughtfully and skillfully figure out what food is being served, there is a chance that the person throwing the party will already have drinks planned, so if your intention is to get to drink the wine you are giving, get two bottles and keep one at home. Know that if the person throwing the party does not open your wine, they are not looking the gift horse in the mouth, but moving along on their agenda - it is their party after all!

One wine I plan on gifting this season is 2012 Pinot Gris from Spindrift. This is a light and citrusy wine with crisp character and a soft finish. Serve it lightly chilled (pull it from the fridge about 30-45 minutes before serving) to allow it to fully express its flavors. In my opinion, people regularly over chill their white wine, and thus can't taste the more complex flavors, which include floral notes and grapefruit. It pairs well with chicken or fish - I'd go with something a bit heavier if you are talking turkey.

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