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El Grigio Pinot Grigio 2017
Mendoza, Argentina

The Sunshine Boys (1975)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 @ 06:00 PM (ET)

Walter Matthau and George Burns costar in this Neil Simon adaptation about a comedy team reuniting for a TV special after a decade-long feud. Things don’t go as planned for the two characters, but audiences of the film will find the whole affair hilarious – and perfect for a crisp and crowd-pleasing Pinot Grigio that has seen its share of sunshine.

THE WINE

Pinot Grigio is one of the most food-friendly, crowdpleasing whites around, which is why it’s perfect for the holidays, summer backyard parties, and more. Although native to northern Italy, this fashionable grape also thrives in the mountains of Argentina – as you’ll taste here, in the vibrant and crisp El Grigio. Crafted by the highly renowned Zuccardi family, with grapes from their sky-high Mendoza vineyards, this refreshing Pinot Grigio overflows with expressive floral aromas and super-ripe peach flavor. Pair it with everything from a platter of crudités to a juicy ham.

THE FAMILY

The Zuccardi name has been synonymous with primo quality in Mendoza (Argentina’s wine capital) since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi first opened his bodega. Today, the estate is run by Alberto’s son José and grandson Sebastián (named 2016 Winemaker of the Year by Master of Wine Tim Atkin). Decanter has said that Alberto, José, and Sebastián are “among the five most influential personalities in Argentine wine.”

THE REGION

GI_grapes_pinotgrigio_pergolaharvestMendoza is Argentina’s fine wine capital, and its high-altitude valleys provide over 330 days of sunlight per year. The grapes for El Grigio are grown at 2,133 feet above sea level on high trellises. Here, brilliant sunshine and chilly nights offer optimum conditions for the extra-intense white blossom aromas, concentrated peach and orchard-fruit flavors, and world-class freshness that Pinot Grigio fans adore.

WITH FOOD

app_mozz_tomato_basil_kebab (1)This is a great wine to serve as a refreshing aperitif (and a great way to greet your guests, if it’s dinner party time). When you are planning a meal, think fresh fish or vegetarian dishes. And, why not play off Pinot Grigio’s Italian roots? Sip this with lemon-basil calamari, classic margherita pizza with basil and mozzarella, or pasta tossed in olive oil or a light cream sauce.

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