Pinot Gris developed as a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. The varietal originated in Burgandy, France and continued to rise to fame in Switzerland in the 14th century followed by Italy. It’s known to be a refreshing citrusy white with light sweet notes typically found in the finish. Experienced winemakers note that a good Pinot Gris must have a complex balance of sharp, tart notes balanced with sweet honey, pear, and fruit notes.
Our 2022 Pinot Gris is a barrel fermented single varietal. It features bright citrusy clementine notes on the nose with a pleasant golden raisin finish.
Traditionally, Pinot Gris goes well with fresh, crisp, herbaceous foods, summer veggies, and green melons. This is why when considering what I would want to pair with this light and fresh wine while also keeping to a late fall, winter theme, I was a bit stumped. I wanted something that was light, yet creamy, with a manageable amount of herbs, and a hint of lemon. What better way to meet all these requirements than with a hearty, yet fresh white bean dip?
· 1 1/2c Cannellini Beans (washed, cooked, drained or canned and drained)
· 2TBS Olive Oil
· 1 Lemon
· 1 Clove Garlic
· 1/2tsp Salt
· 1/2tsp Black Pepper
· Fresh Basil (2tsp)
· Fresh Rosemary (2tsp)
Zest lemon and reserve about 1/2tsp.
Add either washed, cooked, and drained beans, or, to save time, canned and drained beans, garlic, oil, the juice from one lemon (about 2TBS), 1/2tsp lemon zest, salt, and pepper to a food processor/blender.
Add water as needed to help blend (usually around 4TBS). The texture should be similar to hummus.
Once dip is smooth, finely chop basil and rosemary leaves. Gently fold in fresh herbs, reserving some for garnish.
Place dip in a serving bowl, top with a drizzle of olive oil and the remainder of the fresh herbs and extra lemon zest.
Pair this with pita dippers or sea salt chips and of course a glass of Pinot Gris!