I don’t know about you, but some days I just need a cold, crisp glass of white wine. And with this past week of 80+ degree weather in the northwest, I pulled two bottles of wine out of my wine frig from Marlborough, New Zealand – a region that knows heat and how to cool off.
Like a breath of fresh air, this Pinot Grigio plants beautiful flavors of pear and granny apple on the palate without overwhelming the senses. With medium-plus acidity (especially for this varietal), the wine is dynamic and definitely easy to drink on the front porch.
With one whiff of this wine, I’m back in the southern hemisphere – sea breeze and sunshine, grassy aromas and rich minerality. The monthfeel lingers lightly but the flavors fill your month with rich summer, fruit tones. This wine excites the palate with notes of grapefruit, citrus and ripe greens while the aromas take you to someplace tropical.
About Flight Song
While both of these wines burst with flavor – neither will burst your belt buckle as they are produced with naturally 20% fewer calories. With long summers that fluctuate between hot afternoon heat and cold nights in Marlborough, Brancott Estate micromanages its vineyards so to harvest the fruit for its Flight Song label early – when the grapes have fully-ripened in flavor but not sugars. By reducing the amount of sugar in the grapes and controlling the fermentation, the wines contain fewer calories than the brand’s traditional wine. Yet as a result, these wines are also lower in alcohol (yeast convert sugars to alcohol during fermentation and so the less sugar, the lower the alcohol). But as I’m training for several half marathons right now, I kind of appreciate the lower alcohol level as well!
These wines will not break the summer picnic budget either. Try one for between $10-$15 at your local grocery store or wine shop.