Much bigger and more tropical than the European pinot gris and pinot grigio wines I’m used to, this wine was a surprise to me. It begins with sweet florals that continue onto the palate, morphing into honey and honeysuckle. As the wine opens it shows hints of citrus along with pineapple and other tropical fruits. The whole is balanced by a degree of lively acidity and minerality that persists into its long, slightly tart finish.

Did I try this wine with salmon? Of course. Yes, it works!

WHO: Cedar + Salmon

WHAT: 100% pinot gris

WHERE: Willamette Valley, Oregon

HOW MUCH: $16