THE WINE: 2000 La Famiglia di Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio, California
THE WINERY: Mondavi
THE PRICE: $16
ASSESSMENT: This is another one of those great summer wines that is packed full of clean citrus flavors. It starts with a delicate aroma; hints of peach and other summer fruits dominate with clean undertones. This is a lighter-style wine than any Chardonnay, allowing for fresh ingredients to show their entire flavor, all the while complementing the wine.
PAIR WITH: Anything grilled will do fine. We enjoyed this treasure with grilled chicken, squash and a rice medley. The key is to keep the menu simple, even a tossed salad topped with different fruits and vegetables will show all the glory and flavor in the wine. It is also a perfect sipping wine on hot days, being light enough for an appetizer, dinner or cocktail party.
Wine writer Lain Bradford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him in care of The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928 Augusta, GA 30903.