Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris for Summer Refreshment

Summer is still gripping the Midwest.  On our afternoon walk, the heat had weight.  I could feel it, not just in the air, but pressing on my skin.

It is a feeling I wanted to soak in and memorize, for soon enough, winter’s icy fingers will be reaching for me.

Iowa’s wild grapes seem to be embracing the heat, too.  We found many vines climbing over bushes and weed stalks.  Their grapes are tiny, but full of little bursts of sweet juice.

To further embrace summer, I chilled one of my favorite warm-weather wines, an Elk Cove Pinot Gris.

Elk Cove Vineyards was founded in Oregon’s Willamette (will-AMM-it) Valley in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell.  Their wines come from estate-grown grapes, with vineyards covering over 250 acres.  I had the pleasure of visiting their estate several years ago.  Winding, shaded roads took us to their beautifully groomed winery.  The staff welcomed us as if we were family and poured samples of their award-winning portfolio of wines, all of which expressed the unique soils and climate of this glorious place.

No wonder their wines are go-to wines when I am looking for something satisfying!

The Elk Cove Vineyard 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris offers scents of pear and sweet honeysuckle, along with almond notes.  Mouthwatering flavors of sweet melon, peach and apricot have a touch of spice on the back of the palate.  The bracing finish is filled with crisp lemon-lime flavors which refreshingly linger on and on.

The Pinot Gris was a great refresher after my walk in the sun; The wine and I, kindred spirits as sweat dripped from our brows.

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