Pinot grigio — pinot gris in French – is, of course, a white wine produced in several regions using the pino grigio (or gris) variety of grape. La Fiera comes from the Veneto region of Italy, where it’s bottled by Casa Vinicola Botter. Though that name sounds more like a German or Alsatian vintner’s, the company website tells us the Botter family has been bottling wine in Italy for three generations. They strive to use environmentally friendly techniques and innovative ideas.
How does it look? This pinot grigio is a light green somewhere between mint and straw, with a light body that doesn’t cling much to the glass, and leaves thin legs.
How does it smell? La Fiera is more herbal than floral — maybe rosemary, maybe basil. There’s a bit of sweet citrus and just a bit of tart acidity to finish the nose.
But how does it taste? The wine tastes pretty much as it smelled. It’s semi-sweet and fruity, with some tart clementine notes mixed with some slightly sweeter more tropical kiwi flavors. There’s a flavor of rosemary mixed with some leather that combine to give the wine just enough of a bitter counterpunch to keep the taste from being cloying. It’s not a terribly complex wine, but it’s good enough for dinner on a Tuesday.
What should I eat with it? I’m tempted to say a monte cristo, because it’s almost the right blend of salty, savory, and sweet, and because this wine seems about nice enough to be paired with a French toast sandwich. Crudite or fruit would be good as well.