Johnny Pepperoni + an affordable Pinot Gris

Local wine blog Wines that Pop is back, this time with a review of a 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris (around $10) – paired with a tasty dinner at Johnny Pepperoni at 11th & Park.

“I met up with a good friend of mine last night for dinner at a fantastic little BYOB restaurant in Hoboken, called Johnny Pepperoni. I love this place, the hostesses and servers are always super friendly and professional, and the pizza is simply delicious, just the right amount of sauce, not too greasy, fresh mozzarella, a sprinkling of fresh basil, a touch of parmigiana and the wonderful crispy crust that only comes from a hot brick oven. Yumm! I’d eat here at least 3 times a week if I could!

So, A tasty meal, check…. great conversation, check. Now, all that was need was a bit of wine to complete the meal. Enter Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2009, a blend of 94% Pinot Gris and 6% Viognier, from Washington’s Columbia Valley. I love the tart little kick you get from the touch of Viognier.

As I brought the glass to my lips I detected the tangy smell of lemony citrus and melon. A nice start. On to that first sip… clean and crisp. Notes of citrus, green apple and a hint of spice danced merrily on my tongue and mingled with a faint floral essence. The favors lingered just long enough in my happy mouth to leave a medium finish. Quite nice for a light summer wine. This one will definitely be on hand in my fridge this season.”

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