Sidewood 2011 Pinot Gris

What do you get when you add red carpet, beautiful gowns, handsome suits, gold trophies, and lots of gossip? The Oscars!!! Being invited to my neighbor’s house each year to watch the Oscars is always a treat. She always has beautiful table with great snacks to munch on while we watch, in anticipation, who is going to win best actor, best actress, and best movie. I must admit though, my favorite part of this years Oscars was Adele and Barbara Streisand. I love hearing them sing.

Sidewood Pinot GrisEvery year, we each bring a bottle of wine to share with this group…this year, I brought the Sidewood 2011 Pinot Gris to share. I purchased this wine on WTSO (wines til sold out) The Sidewood Pinot Gris originally sold for $25 which I thought a bit expensive for an Australian Pinot Gris. It was on sale for $14.99 including shipping. The 93 rating from James Halliday,  Australian wine writer and critic, made it especially intriguing. Alcohol 12.5% by volume. Sounded great to me and what better wine to share with friends at the Oscars 😉

This Pinot Gris was a light straw color in my glass and had beautiful aromas. Floral notes with apple and pear with a hint of minerality. The tasting notes on the WTSO said that it had a hint of oak on the nose and palate. I did not get any oak on this wine. The palate had nice complex layers of light and refreshing citrus, pear, and apple. The acidity was nicely balanced. This wine left me wanting more…good thing I have two more bottles.

A lovely evening with friends…great food, a very nice wine, Barbara Streisand and Adele…what more could I ask for?


Cynthia Cosco

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