Drink This Now: Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann 2008

By Sarah Bray

Published on November 29, 2012

With most of my friends and family falling into the "white wine only" camp, finding crisp wines for warm-weather is simple, but the transition to winter-appropriate bottles can be difficult. When it's cold outside, I'm no longer looking for a refreshing drink; rather, I want to sip something rich and warming. This year, my solution is a rich, full-bodied pinot gris from Alsace: Zind-Humbrecht's Pinot Gris Grand Cru is a mouthful, both in name and in flavor. The producer is certified biodynamic, and the grapes are grown atop volcanic soils, providing a bright, mineral backbone to the wine. With its round, ripe nose that hints of honey and walnut dust, a sip will richly coat your mouth, its sweetness brightened by a slight sensation of effervescence. Lovely with a range of dishes, I've particularly enjoyed it with richer foods like butternut squash ravioli or roasted quail with savory mushrooms.

Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann 2008, $60. See zindhumbrecht.com for retailers.

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