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Valle Collezione Araldica Pinot Grigio 2015
Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, Italy

Pygmalion (1938)
MONDAY, JUNE 11 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

For a persuasive wine, choose a persuasive character like Eliza Doolittle who convincingly transforms into a highborn lady in this terrific adaptation of the play by George Bernard Shaw. Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard (who also co-directs) are wonderful together in this witty and moving film – an Oscar winner for Best Screenplay that pairs beautifully with a mellow and richly flavored Pinot Grigio.

THE WINE

Maestro Paolo Valle makes some of the finest Italian wines in our cellar, and his new Pinot Grigio is a sure-fire stunner. Crafted with hand-harvested grapes from Paolo’s special ‘Grand Cru’ Rosazzo vineyard in the premium Colli Oriental hills, it shows all the ripe-fruited character of the superb 2015 vintage. This lovely Pinot Grigio charmed Italy’s No. 1 critic, Luca Maroni. He awarded it 94 points and called it “one of the best Pinot Grigios of the vintage ... an absolute star” with “a persuasive, mellow, dense, intense creaminess ... what a wonderful, floral, and persuasive sensation.”

THE GRAPE

With its palate-cleansing purity, a simple mention of ‘Pinot Grigio’ makes people thirsty. But they don’t all taste the same. This northern Italian gem is refreshing, citrusy, and wellbalanced. The word grigio (‘gray’) refers to the grape’s color, which ranges from a blush pink to a pinkish-gray. In France’s Alsace region and the U.S.’s Pacific Coast, it is known as Pinot Gris and made in a richer, more opulent style.

THE REGION

GI_grapes_PinotGris_FLATPinot Grigio’s spiritual home is northeastern Italy – and “the Colli Orientali hills are home to some of Friuli’s most prestigious vineyards,” says wine-searcher.com. Vineyards in this tiny region (whose name means “eastern hills”) are sheltered from winds by the Julian Alps. It’s also cooler than other Friuli subzones, giving the wines an added zip that make them ideal for food or sipping solo.

WITH FOOD

fish_whitefish_lemonAlma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.

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