M&S Kings Ridge Pinot Gris
This is quite a new offering from M&S which is my first supermarket stop for discovering a new region or country. Oregon is north of California and its relatively cooler climate has made it famous for world class Pinot Noirs. Oregon’s second most planted variety, Pinot Gris, is actually the same grape as Pinot Grigio. Don’t let that put you off though as it is a million miles away from the insipid, mass produced stuff that’s often churned out of the Veneto region in northern Italy.
So what’s this one like? OK, it does not smell of much, but you’ll notice how much more aromatic and richer the taste is than Pinot Grigio and that the wine feels slightly viscus in the mouth. Rather than a crisp acidity of young citrus fruit, this wines tastes more of luscious, slightly smoky (this is a hallmark of Pinot Gris) candied fruit, such as pears and ripe melon, maybe a touch of cinnamon on the finish.
Enjoy with foods that have a bit of spice or cheese and biscuits (we had it as an aperitif which worked well too).
At a glance:
- Style? Medium bodied white wine.
- Where is it from? Oregon, US.
- What’s the grape? Pinot Gris
- Tastes of? Smoky white stone fruit
- What should I eat with it? Curry, try it with the fragrant Warming & Zesty Butterbean Curry