Sometimes I just have to tell the story again. In this crazy mixed-up world of internet wine, I think the story is omnipotent in the history and character of a wine. This story never gets old. Our old friend Jeff Dye keeps turning out the great value in his wines and, for whatever reason, likes us enough to keep sending me samples year after year of his new vintages.
Being a 'negociant' of sorts, Jeff has contracts with wine grape growers all over California, where it keeps tabs on the fruit quality and harvest.
It is no wonder Jeff keeps an eye on producing Pinot Grigio. It is still one of the hottest segments in the wine space, and the enthusiasm for the grape does not seem to whine. Though its native soil is up above Venice, Italy, in the region named as such Venezia, there it produces crisp, fresh wines of massive popularity in the north of Italy. Thus, our example is akin to its foreign cousin.
You see, I don't think Pinot Grigio does well with oak aging as its more expensive versions would have you believe. This California version is true to its roots in a crisp citrus version with plenty of body to carry through the lychee finish.
Serve slightly chilled with chilled prawns or a light creme sauce pasta dish.