WHAT: Sometimes it's easy to overlook what a great grape Riesling is, and the Bridgeview is a great example of Riesling at its finest. It is medium dry, but that shouldn't scare off the folks who think they like only bone-dry whites. The slight sweetness is balanced with a crisp acidity that makes it a lively, refreshing drink. The aroma is honeysuckle, with flavors of ripe apples, grapefruit and apricot nectar, with hints of vanilla leading to a mineral finish. Serve chilled.
WINERY: Lelo and Bob Kerivan brought German wine practices to Oregon in 1986, and the locals thought they were out of their minds. They converted a 75-acre field in southern Oregon's Illinois Valley to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewrztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes, planting dense rows of vines only six feet apart instead of the usual 12. They also severely pruned the grape buds.
Bridgeview is known for its Blue Moon Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other lines include Black Beauty Merlot and a premium line that includes Reserve Pinot Gris and Reserve Pinot Noir.
GOES WITH: This is a good aperitif, but it also can be served with a nice summer brunch, chicken, turkey, cheeses and salads.
Reach Dennis Sodomka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his column on pinot grigio/pinot gris in the June/July issue of Augusta Magazine.