Forest Glen pays homage the Italian ancestry of the Franzia family, owners of Bronco Wine Company. Their history goes back more than 50 years in California. Teresa Franzia first planted grapes in the Central Valley, along with Gallo, to be used primarily for jug wines, which were the most popular at the time. They also shipped truckloads to the East Coast for Italian immigrant home winemakers. Believe it or not, that was a huge industry. Nothing has really changed since its founding. The Franzias have continued Teresa's vision of making high quality wines at spectacular prices.
Nearly all Italians grew grapes and made wine in their homeland. When they arrived in New York's Ellis Island, they were shocked to find out there wasn't much of a grape industry there, so they contacted wineries and grape growers in California, where over 90% of America's grapes are grown. Today's Franzia is a multi-national company with several locations and a host of winemakers with special skills that are reserved just for certain wines.
Our selection was crafted by many of the women winemakers at Bronco, Andera Zermeno. Our selection is a perfect rendition of an Italian classic. Pinot Grigio is the same grape as Pinot Gris. Pinot is pin in French and means pine cone. It is so named because the cluster of the grapes resemble a pine cone. Gris means grey, because the grapes have a slightly greyish tinge. The result is lovely layers of apple, pear and sunshine.