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White Wines for Summer Seafoods

A tasting panel assembled by Chuck Hill of Wines Northwest recently recommended a number of white wines that match well with summer seafoods. One of the tasters’ favorites is also one of our favs – Rainstorm Pinot Gris!

Following is an excerpt from the article as well as tasting notes for Rainstorm Pinot Gris. You can view all the recommended wines here: White Wines for Summer Seafoods.

Bottle image of Rainstorm Pinot Gris white wine from Oregon, Northwest United StatesWines of the Week
Published July 27, 2018

White Wines for Summer Seafoods
(Part 1 of a 4-Part Series)
By Chuck Hill

As we pass the middle of July in the Pacific Northwest, the weather warms and lighter wines are the order of the day.  With an abundance of delicious local seafood available, it is the perfect time of year to pull some corks and enjoy a perfect pairing. Oysters, crab, mussels, shrimp and scallops are the immediate go-tos, but finfish preparations are also popular.

Each of my seafood wine columns will feature several wine varieties, with one or two being the main focus. Today, the carte du vin is dominated by Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that gained its initial fame in Bordeaux but now is widespread and enjoyed in all corners of the world.

Rainstorm
2017 Pinot Gris
Oregon

Pacific Rim Wine Co. produces several brands that highlight fruit from Oregon and Washington vineyards. Rainstorm Pinot Gris is sourced from Oregon with fruit selected from vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. Aromas and flavors of pear, honeysuckle and light citrus mingle with tropical notes and hints of spice – a refreshing accompaniment to lighter seafoods and appetizers.

Joe Janish is Director of Public Relations for Banfi Vintners, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and a veteran of the wine industry for over 20 years. He launched one of the first wine blogs back in 1997, the now-defunct “Wine Dictator,” and cut his teeth on his grandfather’s homemade wine. He still keeps a copy of Wine for Dummies nearby for reference.

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