A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Elk Cove Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19

Oregon wineSecond-generation winemaker Adam Campbell crafts simply stunning Pinot Gris. This might be as good as it gets year in and year out. In fact, we have a difficult time remembering the last time we didn’t give it our top rating in a blind judging — and on Nov. 7 it was voted Best White at the inaugural Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. This opens with aromas of pear, Golden Delicious apple, lime and clove. On the palate, it is loaded with flavors of ripe orchard fruit, especially pear and apple. The round midpalate is beautifully balanced with bright, right-on acidity. The finish is simply sublime. Pair this with seared scallops, salmon, halibut, crab, clams … well, you get the gist.

Rating: Outstanding!

Pairings: A versatile white, this Pinot Gris should work with most dishes on your table, especially creamed onions, green bean casserole and dark turkey meat.

Production: 15,500 cases

Alcohol: 13%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .


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