A shining example of an overlooked white grape
Sometimes, I think, Pinot Blanc gets overlooked in favour of other whites such as Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio, Riesling or even Chardonnay.
That's a pity. A genetic mutation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc is a white grape that occasionally, when growing, shows signs of its popular parent. (The plant will bear white grapes, year after year, and then suddenly, without warning, it'll pop up with a cane of red fruit, on the same rootstock one year.)
Found in major wine regions around the world, including Burgundy and Champagne, where it is one of the permitted grapes, Pinot Blanc is also found in Canada's own Okanagan Valley.
And this example from JoieFarm hits it out of the ballpark on all levels.
Fresh, zingy, fruity and refreshing, it's delicious served chilled by itself, or pair with a variety of foods — roast chicken, perhaps, grilled white fish, scallops or even lobster.
I finished the bottle with leftover Chinese food and it was as delicious as when it had been opened the day before. About $23.