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Quail Crossing 2011 Pinot Grigio Santa Ynez Valley



I found this delicious, refreshing Italian white at the Costa de Oro (CDO) tasting room in Santa Maria. Attractive aromas and flavors of stone fruits, minerals, and floral notes are nicely balanced by zingy citrus. Not surprisingly, it’s made by the very talented CDO winemaker Gary Burk for Linda and Vince Gomes, who own Quail Crossing Vineyard. A nice choice as an aperitif, Sunday brunch, lunch, or dinner, pair it with a shrimp omelet, chicken or pork chile verde, roasted poultry, or rich sushi rolls. Available at the Santa Maria tasting room alongside Hwy. 101 at the Stowell exit, it’s $20 retail.



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