Ordinarily, Pinot Gris is made into a white wine. A Pinot Gris Rosé is a different beast altogether.
Rosé is usually from red grapes such as Grenache, Syrah, or Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris, while usually made into a white wine, actually has the grape skin color to create a “wine of color.” The “Gris” (or “Grigio” in Italian) means gray, and while the skins aren’t exactly “gray,” they do have decidedly more color than the Pinot Blanc. When the grapes are crushed, the juice is allowed to stay with the skins for a limited amount of time which imparts the pink color to the wine. “Limited” is the key word here, as the long the skin contact, the darker the Rosé.
When Rosé of Pinot Gris is made, the juice is allowed an extended skin contact period in order to get as much color out of the gray/rose skins as possible. It’s a 180 from the way Rosé is made from grapes that are actually red.
At any rate, I found Julia’s Dazzle to be enjoyable, perfect for summer, and a decided change from my usual perception of Pinot Gris. And at only $12.99 at my local Costco, I’m hoping that there’s still some to buy!
Julia’s Dazzle is the product of Long Shadows Vintners Group, which is an umbrella over several premium wineries. This terrific little Rosé is made in the wonderfully-named Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington State. (Note to self: go to HHH to score postcards as well as wine) It was developed specifically to be a food wine in the summer and like most Rosés, bridges the gap between red and white wines. I hope it’s apparent that I had fun with this, and after my return from the WBC in Santa Barbara, will be purchasing several bottles. Budget allowing after several days in the Central Coast wine country, of course.
But I digress.
Enjoy the little gallery and the video and I hope that you find it interesting and educational.