The Salut! Wine Club

Over 100 years of winemaking history appear in the bottles of the Tramin winery in northeastern Italy’s Sudtirol or Alto Adige region.  The town of Tramin (namesake of the grape Gewurztraminer) was the birthplace of the winery, and is the source of this tremendously good and traditional value white.

PinotGrigioAccording to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2007 Pinot Grigio is a delicious white with clean, refined aromas and flavors. Made in a focused, minerally style, it offers terrific length and balance. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010. I was particularly impressed with the value-priced wines I tasted from Tramin this year. Tramin is a cooperative with an astonishing 290 members and 575 acres under vine, dimensions which are virtually unheard of in Italy. Coops are fairly common in this part of Italy, and that arrangement is in no way a reflection on quality, a point these wines make quite eloquently. Tramin’s first vintage goes all the way back to 1899, a lineage few wineries today can match. All of these bottlings come from the local DOCs. The whites are aged exclusively in stainless steel, while the reds see some oak. Simply put, this is a beautiful set of entry-level wines.” (08/08)

This is a clean and comforting wine for afternoon or evening enjoyment.  There are few Pinot Gris/Grigio wines in this price range that offer up such pleasant aromas and fruit flavors without overdoing the minerality, dryness or acidity.  Paired with white and soft cheeses such as Brie, with a fresh pear tart, or with a pasta with cream sauce this wine will bring certain smiles.

This wine is available at Salut! Wine Co. online for $13.99, or available to wine club members for only $12.74!

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Wine Info Links

Visit the Tramin website
About Pinot Gris at Wikipedia
Learn about the Sudtirol region at Wikipedia
Watch a short video showing the Trentino region and the introduction of Pinot Grigio
This video is a gallery of photos showing the German influences in Tramin and their wine festival
YouTube’s Bit-Channel provides this stunningly beautiful tourism video for the Alto Adige region

Great Food Pairings

Baked Brie from Simply Recipes (try to find a pear butter for the jam ingredient!)
A blogger posts her recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken
Brown Butter Glazed Pear Mascarpone Tart from the California Pears Advisory Board

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