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January2019 Pecorino Pinot Grigio (Abruzzo & Veneto, Italy)
Welcome to LE19, CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF LE! LE19 marks the 30th Anniversary of bringing exclusive, premium limited release wines to the home winemaking world. This year's selections were specially chosen for their outstanding varietals and exceptional quality. From the delicate and exotic Pecorino Pinot Grigio from Italy to the full-bodied, robust Red Pacific Quartet, these wines are sure to thrill and delight!
New this year, we'll be releasing one wine per month instead of two wines in January. Wines will now be released in December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, March 2020, and April 2020.
The Region: Abruzzo & Veneto, Italy
The Pecorino grapes are sourced from Abruzzo, Italy which is a mountainous region located along the Adriatic Sea. It is also home to the highest point on mainland Italy, Corno Grande. Veneto is located in northeast Italy and is the source region for the Pinot Grigio. The influence of the nearby Alps provides a cooler microclimate where fresh, crisp white wines flourish.
The Wine: Pecorino Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio was originally established as Pinot Gris in Burgundy and although most famous in Alsace, France, made its way to Switzerland in the 1300s and eventually to Northern Italy where Pinot Grigio was born. Today it is Italy's most popular grape. Pecorino has a bit of a different history; thought to be extinct in the mid-20th century, it was rediscovered in the 1980s by a local producer who then took cuttings and propagated them resulting in this grape's resurgence.
Blending Pinot Grigio, the most popular Italian white wine grape, with the lesser-known Pecorino grape results in a delicate white wine with high acidity, lemon, lime and honeysuckle flavours, and an elegant floral aroma. Pair with steamed mussels, seafood risotto and vegetarian spring rolls. This Italian beauty is sure to be an excellent addition to anyone's wine collection for sharing with friends and family.
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