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Pick of the Week: Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot Gris 2010

May 2012
Originally published in the Finger Lakes Times as part of my internship with the NY Wine and Culinary Center

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Why it’s worth trying: The 2010 Pinot Gris from Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars is a crisp wine that is perfect for a warm summer evening. A delightful blend of barrel and stainless steel fermentation, this wine is a balance of both rich complexity and crisp freshness.

Lightly gold in color, this pinot gris is delightfully aromatic, with scents of lemon and cherry blossoms in the nose. The soft mouthfeel opens up to crisp honeydew melon and sweet citrus and finishes with a refreshing minerality.

A professor of plant sciences, Dr. Frank founded Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in 1962 and the winery will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The attention to detail and an international winemaking team give this winery a world-class status that is palpable when you uncork one of its masterpieces.

Price: $16.99

Serving tips: In order to enjoy all this wine has to offer, it should be served chilled (about 45 degrees).

Food pairing: This is a wine that certainly doesn’t need to be paired with food to thrive, but would still lend itself nicely to a wide range of dishes. Try it with a seafood pasta entrée, or lemon chicken. It pairs well with most light meals, perfect for the warmer weather.

You might also want to try: Similar wines include a 2010 Pinot Gris from Billsboro Winery or a 2010 Pinot Gris from Ventosa Vineyards.

Where to buy it: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport or the New York Wine and Culinary Center tasting room.