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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 | 2 comments

Chateau St Michelle Pinot Gris 2012

Pinot Grigio/Gris used to be my go-to wine. We had quite a long and enduring love affair and I was very loyal to my old friend PG, until the day I met the new love of my life, Zin. (It wasn’t quite that straightforward to convert me from a white to a red drinker, but that’s how I remember it in my probably-wine-blurred memory.) Nowadays, if I’m reaching for a white, I usually go Sauv Blanc or even something different like a Gewürztraminer or Viogioner. But, PG remains my mom’s favorite white, so whenever she’s around I take advantage of the opportunity to try some new versions of an old favorite.

Chateau St Michelle is one of those names you’ll see on a lot of restaurant menus and for good reason – they are generally, reliably really delicious wines. I’ve had their Riesling a number of times but this was my first taste of their Pinot Gris.

Right off the bat, I thought it was a bit too acidic for my liking. However, it just needed some time to warm up a bit (see picture: nearly frosty) for some of the flavor to really burst through. When it was a tad warmer, I enjoyed it more – still acidic, but in a more balanced lemony, grapefruit way. It was a fairly “middle ground” wine – not particularly sweet or too dry either. Definitely the kind of wine you can safely keep on hand for dinner parties or to gift to a white-drinking friend knowing they will more than likely enjoy it. We sipped it before our clam dinner at the beach and the salty, briney clams really helped to balance out a bit of the citrus. I’d buy it again, especially if I saw it on sale or needed a reliable white for a dinner party.


Tasting Notes:

Name: Chateau St Michelle Pinot Gris 2012

Grape: Pinot Gris

Origin: Washington State (Columbia Valley)

Price: $8.99 at Total Wine

General impressions: bright, citrus, medium-bodied, grapefruits, allow to breathe and warm up a little before drinking

Recommendations: a good party white, a dinner party white, a hostess gift white, a white to recommend to your momma

Would you buy again? Maybe… if it was on sale. For the same price point though Id’ probably go with Kudos Pinto Gris.


  1. Have you tried the Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay? One of the best-ever chards I’ve had was on a beach trip last year and I wish I’d written down the bottle, but I think it was Chateau St. Michelle now that I see this label!

    • I haven’t! I used to love chards, then I didn’t and now I’m returning to them again. It’s going on my list to look for!

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