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Averill Creek Pinot Gris 2009, British Columbia

Vancouver Island
Pinot gris
Food Pairing
Substantial fish dishes, including salmon

From an exacting Vancouver Island producer, this gris was made entirely from estate fruit (in contrast to some other wineries, which bottle fruit from the Okanagan on the mainland). The island was blessed with a good growing season in 2009, and it shows here. A classic pinot gris essence of pear comes through well, carried on a texture that's initially round and smooth, turning attractively chalky and dry on the finish. It would match substantial fish dishes, including salmon. Available online:

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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