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Wine review: Bench 1775 Pinot Gris 2013, British Columbia

Pinot gris
$17.90 in B.C.

Formerly known as Soaring Eagle Estate, Bench 1775 rests on a beautiful ridge called the Naramata Bench above Okanagan Lake. The new owners felt that the address, 1775 Naramata Rd., would resonate better with the uniqueness of the place. No argument there. And the wines soar pretty high nonetheless. This pinot gris is light, dry and ripe, with pronounced pear flavour joined by subtle banana, red apple and citrus. It's crisp, clean and yummy. Look also for Bench 1775's very fine white blend called Chill and the rosé called Glow, both priced in the same neighbourhood. Available direct from

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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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