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Contessa Giovanna Manci Pinot Grigio 2017
Trentino DOC, Italy

The Pink Panther (1963)
SUNDAY, MAY 26 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

In the first Inspector Clouseau film, the bumbling French police detective (Peter Sellers) tries to stop a notorious jewel thief (David Niven) from nabbing a priceless diamond. Director Blake Edwards’s classic comedy pairs well with this vibrant wine’s leap-from-the-glass exuberance. Sellers and Edwards would revisit this material in several later Pink Panther films, and while they had an often fraught working relationship, they produced many of their best films together.

THE WINE

Welcome to Italy’s beautiful Trentino valley – where the Dolomites meet the Alps, and chilly nights and sunny days yield pristine Pinot Grigio with remarkable aromatic intensity (‘dialed up’ in a superb vintage like 2017). Star cellar Concilio has been tending mountain vineyards here since 1860, and Contessa Giovanna Manci (named for a local noble woman) is their flagship white. Last vintage, it won a Gilbert & Gaillard gold medal and was praised by International Wine Challenge judges for its “fresh, elegant finish. Poised.” We think the 2017 release is every bit as impressive.

THE GRAPE

Pinot Grigio has sprinted its way up the popularity charts, vying for the No. 1 spot with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. At wine bars and on dinner tables the world over, it’s increasingly the white wine of choice. Although it’s grown all over the globe (including fun spots like Australia and Transylvania), its spiritual home is northern Italy, where it produces a light- to medium-bodied wine with subtle white fruit and spice flavors.

THE REGION

GI_grapes_PinotGris_FLATNorthern Italian locals describe their mountain-ringed vineyards as aria condizionata (‘air conditioned’). It’s easy to see why, as the cooling influence of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea are ideal for locking in fresh, pure fruit flavors. The Trentino DOC encompasses the southern half of the Trentino-Alto Adige region, which is home to some of Italy’s finest Pinot Grigio – like this stunning example.

WITH FOOD

shell_shrimpBBQ_skewersWith its mountain freshness and pure fruit flavors, this Pinot Grigio makes a mouthwatering aperitif. At meal time, you have a wide range of pairing options. In northern Italy, they’d enjoy it alongside fresh seafood (anything from steamed clams to sautéed shrimp to baked fish) or wild mushroom risotto. However, it’ll also be tasty with roasted chicken dishes.

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