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Tangent 2009 Pinot Gris Edna Valley 

I enjoyed this striking white with sushi at Kumi-Ko in SLO. A bright, elegant wine with racy citrus notes, it was rich enough to stand up to the array of flavors from salmon sashimi to the rainbow roll. Grown in the Niven Family’s “SIP Certified Sustainable” Paragon Vineyard, it’s fermented in stainless steel without oak aging or malolactic fermentation. Winemaker Christian Roguenant noted that the mixture of volcanic, clay loam and rocky marine sediment combined with the temperate climate allows extended ripening that concentrates the fruit flavors. Beautifully balanced, it’s versatile with an array of foods from seafood to creamy pastas. And you’ll find this lovely Pinot Gris delicious on its own. It’s only $17 retail at the Edna Valley tasting room.

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