Sandhill Hidden Terrace Vineyard Pinot Gris and King Family Vineyard Pinot Gris

Sandhill Hidden Terrace Vineyard Pinot Gris and King Family Vineyard Pinot Gris
B.C., $19

While ace wine tasters can have a sip and instantly remember a similar glass they had on an Alaskan cruise 11 years ago (or at least they say they can), for most of us, the best way to taste wine is side by side. Similar wines allows you to get what the winemaker is talking about with terroir, ripeness and the myriad of elements that go into the final bottling. So here’s the fun: go snag a bottle each of the Sandhill Hidden Terrace Vineyard Pinot Gris and the King Family Vineyard Pinot Gris and drink them side-by-side. 2011 was not a stellar year but winemakers, like Sandhill’s veteran Howard Soon, who managed the conditions well (most importantly dropping fruit/cutting back grape clusters) made some wonderful white wines. These two vineyards are only about 42 km apart but they’re different ages (Hidden Terrace vines are much younger) and elevations. And while the wines share plenty of characteristics: pear and peach flavours, melon and solid acidity; but one wine seems to be a little rounder and softer, the other bracing and lively. Try them and let me know which is which.

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