2009 Familia Dante Pinot Grigio

Andre’ — “Okay, truth be told I have been heard saying many times over ” I am not a fan of Pinot Grigio” . Maybe it was that first encounter with a certain wine you all may know “SM”. Not a bad wine, but for the money there is just so much more interesting juice out there. 

Enter the Familia Dante Pinot Grigio 2009 vintage. As a disclaimer I tasted this wine for the first time after a long day at work so maybe that’s why I enjoyed it so much. I walked into the kitchen, dropped my brief case, kicked off my shoes and poured a glass. I could feel the tension of the day melt away. And then I realized that Tracey had made pirogi for dinner. Am I lucky or what? This didn’t occur to me to be a food and wine pairing moment at the time. But, the bright, crisp, citrus flavors cut through the richness of the potato dumplings cooked in butter with onions. After I wiped the grease from my chin I really started to pay attention to the wine. (Tracey was asleep). Well balanced, which is a benchmark to me, pleasant citrus flavors, with pink grape fruit being dominant, truly delicious. My mind started to drift to warmer weather as I imagined myself drinking this on a sunny  day with a little plate of crudo, the sashimi of Italy.

So here is your food and wine homework. A bottle or two of Familia Dante Pinot Grigio. Some pristine raw fish,fluke or Hamachi would be my first choice, with a pinch of salt and some pink grapefruit segments. Follow that with some Mrs T’s pirogi with sautéed onions and you tell me. you can email me at andres@ptd or look me up on Facebook at Andre’s Restaurant and Wine Boutique and tell me what you think.

Remember, if you like it, it’s good. 

From the winemaker:

“A classic grape varietal producing a grapey wine with crisp acidity and racey balanced fruit.”


2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $9.99 a bottle, $53.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $95.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#24554

About the Chef:

Andre’ de Waal is the owner of Andre’s Restaurant &Wine Boutique in Newton NJ. For more information about Andre’ and his restaurant, visit www.andresrestaurant.com

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