Goal for 2018: Drink more wine. Honestly, it’s at the top of my list, right along with eating more cheese, cuddling more dogs, writing more and eating more tacos. Clearly, I have my priorities straight!
In all seriousness, I do want to drink more wine this year. I want to drink more wine that I love, new wine, old wine, different wine, mind-blowing wine…you get the picture. There’s so much I don’t know about wine (besides the fact that I love it) and this year I want to expand my palette. I also want to share more of the wines I love with you on a more regular basis. In honor of that, today’s review is brought to you by one of my favourite wines in the Niagara Region: Organized Crime’s 2016 Pinot Gris. Sadly, this wine appears to be sold out, but I’m hoping the 2017 vintage will pop up soon; so mark your wine calendars.
Pinot Gris is one of my favourite white wines. It’s a versatile but flavourful white and it’s one that the Niagara region makes beautifully. This particular wine is a gorgeous light peach colour, thanks to extended skin contact. Skin contact is when the grape skin from white wine is not removed and the skins stay in contact with the juice for several hours, days or even months. I love skin contact whites; it adds another layer of flavour and dimension to the wine.
Speaking of flavour – this is one of my favourite Niagara region Pinot Gris and the first one in the area that I fell in love with way back in 2015. Red berry candy is the first thing I smell on the nose, followed by crushed flowers (Gardenias and Daffodils) and hints of vanilla bean. Melon and caramel notes come through on first sip, followed by the taste of tart lemon skin and peaches. The mouth-feel is smooth and silky, and though the colour would suggest otherwise, this is not an overly sweet wine.
Organized Crime (named for a long-ago feud between two Mennonite congregations that resulted in one congregation breaking into the other’s and stealing a pipe organ) is the full-package – I’m also obsessed with their labels – even the cork has a fun design and saying on it: Thou Shalt Not Steal Music.
Though the Pinot Gris is currently sold out, Organized Crime also makes delicious Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gewurtraminer (among other wines) and some great red and white blends as well.
As always, happy wining!