New Zealand captured the attention of wine drinkers throughout the world when it introduced its crisp, intense and brash style of sauvignon blanc. Although sauvignon blanc remains New Zealand’s most widely planted variety, it also produces other white wines that can be quite delicious. For example, lush pinot gris is also considered a New Zealand specialty, although the selection of these wines is somewhat limited in our market. Below is a comparison of a New Zealand pinot gris wine with one from Oregon, which is famous for this varietal.

Babich 2016 Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bought • Schnucks, 8800 Manchester Road, in September for $13.99

Description • This rich pinot gris comes from the family-owned Babich Wines that was founded in 1916 by Croatian immigrant Josip Babich. This is a well-balanced, medium-bodied white that tastes of pears and peaches with a touch of lemon. Partially barrel fermented, it has some ginger and bakery spice flavors. Soft and easy to drink, it would go well with fish and white meats.

A to Z Wineworks 2015 Pinot Gris, Oregon

Bought • Schnucks, 8800 Manchester Road, in September for $13.99

Description • This pinot gris, which received 90 points and a Best Buy recommendation from Wine Enthusiast, comes from A to Z Wineworks, known for good-value wines of consistent quality. Slightly bigger in body than the Babich, this is a zesty pinot gris that combines a crisp citrusy tartness with the flavor of juicy pears and some spice. It ends with a dry and refreshing finish. It would pair with chicken and other white meats.

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