On a sunny day, there just isn't a better place to sip wine than Georis Winery's outdoor garden patio. It was Friday evening, and the happy hour appetizers were out--small open faced ham and sauerkraut sandwiches, various cheese nibbles, and the cheese focaccia baked on site. Plus, it was the first official release day of the Georis' 2011 Pinot Grigio. So there we were--"working."
The Pinot Grigio was wonderful. The bouquet flowery and citrusy, the taste clean, bright and balanced. Everything felt smooth and right. And at $5 a glass at happy hour, it was quite a treat. (A bottle costs $21, $16.80 for wine club members.)
We also tasted the newly released 2011 Carmel Rosato which is always one of our favorites. And it continues to be. The taste is one of berries, and a visual delight with the sun shining through its rose-hip color. (A bottle costs $16, $12.80 for wine club members.)
We also succumbed to purchasing some items from the wine and gift shop, which has some unique items. One was a set of four 16 oz. plastic Govino wine glasses; they have a very contemporary look to them, are made in the U.S.A. and are bounceable (shatterproof), if one is so inclined.
The second purchase was a few "splits." LC loves these smaller bottles and Georis offers four splits: the 2010 Chardonnay, the 2007 Georis Estate "La Chapelle" and Cabernet Sauvignon" and the 2008 Cabernet Franc. Splits are just the perfect amount for a dinner for two and an easy way to experience many different wines.
And of course there is the continuing loveliness of the Georis gardens and ponds and the friendliness of Walter and Sylvia who stopped by as we were enjoying their wines. For more information on Georis wines and their happy hours, visit their website at http://www.georiswine.com/. For us, Georis wines and the ambiance of their patio gardens always delight.