Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand is a bit of a surprise. A color of pale young straw and a nose of pear, lemon citrus with a hint of kiwi, it is rounder than I expected in a wine labeled “Naturally 20% lighter in calories.”
Flavors of Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle blossoms, pear with a whiff of pineapple it is much more aromatic that what I typically find in a Pinot Grigio. At 9 percent alcohol by volume and just 87 calories per 5 oz glass, it’s a refreshing Summer pool sipper that would also make an excellent White Sangria. Less than $15 per bottle retail.
We paired it with an encrusted lemon-basil chicken breast atop a nest of angel hair pasta that I had tossed in a bit of homemade lemon basil pesto and then a light Alfredo sauce. Excellent combination!