Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio

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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!

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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 11,000 twitter fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.