Not a fan of Pinot Grigio. To borrow from the eloquence of former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, it takes a girlie man to drink Pinot Grigio on a regular basis. But the 2008 ARBORBROOK Croft Vineyards Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley coast is, for me, a rare exception. Fruity, yes, with papaya and Granny Smith apple notes but balanced by scorched earthiness—you can almost taste that Oregon soil. That interplay gives the wine a spotless elegance and vivaciousness. It’s Spring, and you’re at an all-white dress Sunday brunch on the lawn of a Hollywood studio head’s Bel Air mansion—this is the glass you have in hand while you schmooze and soak up your 15 minutes of fame. –J.M.
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