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Butler Hill Pinot Gris 2017
Willamette Valley, Oregon

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
SUNDAY, JULY 21 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Keeping the Northwest theme, pair this crisp Oregon white with Nora Ephron’s beloved romantic comedy. Tom Hanks’s character is a Washington State-based widower trying to start a new life for himself and his young son, while Meg Ryan’s Annie, who lives on the East Coast, finds herself obsessed with the lonely man she only knows through a radio program as “Sleepless in Seattle.” The film charts their unlikely courtship and remains a cinematic touchstone a generation later.

THE WINE

Pinot Gris is Oregon’s flagship white, and our expert, Clare Tooley, hunted all over the premium Willamette Valley to find you this stunning example. It hails from the talented Andreas Wetzel, who draws on four generations of family winemaking expertise. Thanks to excellent conditions during the 2017 growing season, “quality is high for [Oregon’s] signature grapes” like Pinot Gris (Wine Spectator). Named after Andreas’s favorite vineyard on the top of Butler Hill, this lovely Pinot Gris brims with fresh orchard fruit and honeysuckle characters.

THE GRAPE

Pinot Gris (below) is truly international. It goes by that name in Alsace, France, while the Italians call it Pinot Grigio and in German vineyards it’s Grauburgunder. It can be lavish and almost “oily” in Alsace, while in Oregon, “it is crisper, fresher, and more lively, with an orchard-like fruit spectrum lent light and shade by brighter acidity” (Andrew Jefford). We think this beautiful Pinot Gris has all that and more – let us know if you agree!

THE REGION

grapeOregon is very un-Californian, and proud of it. It’s home to an unassuming and relatively young wine industry which has been built, by and large, on a shoe-string budget. It’s also notoriously wet … but fortunately the rain tends not to fall at crucial times of the growing season. Wineries are concentrated in the Willamette Valley, which is 150 miles long and Oregon’s largest (and top) AVA.

WITH FOOD

sal_standardsaladWith its vibrant floral notes and juicy-ripe, orchard-fruit flavors, this lovely Pinot Gris is a delicious treat all on its own. However, it really shines with seafood dishes. Try seared scallops, fresh crab, or Pacific Northwest salmon. For a tasty vegetarian match, serve it alongside simple buttered pasta or a cucumber salad with goat cheese and a citrus-based dressing.

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