This week I had the opportunity to compare an Old World Pinot Gris with a New World. The Old World was a 2013 Domaine Famille Hugel, from Alsace, France, priced at around $21. The alcohol content was a little higher than the standard white at 13.9%. It had a nice light straw color with notes of dried apricots, almonds, minerals and honeysuckle. The finish was smooth and long and I felt it would pair nicely with fowl. The New World was a 2015 Elk Cove Pinot Gris from Gaston, Oregon, priced at around $18 with 13% alcohol. Both the nose and the taste had an overwhelming aroma of honey, perfume and flower notes. I have been a fan of the Elk Cove Pinot Noirs over the years, however I preferred the Hugel Pinot Gris over the Elk Cove. The Elk Cove received some positive reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, nevertheless I felt its overwhelming intensity would make it a challenge to pair with food.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.