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Brancott Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

New Zealand sauvignon blancs remain a seriously popular varietal, but I find the pinot gris from Kiwi Land to be just as strong an option for lovers of clean, crisp whites. The Brancott Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 is a steal at $13, a vibrant, persistent mouth full of pleasure. Floral and stone-fruit notes abound on the nose, and peach, pear and apple flavors vie for the palate’s attention. The winner: the person drinking the wine. The racy, snappy acidity balances out this mouthwatering beauty all the way through the firm, ample finish. Almost any kind of fish or fowl will sing with this snappy white, whether it be fried, grilled or anything else.

Available at Arbor Pointe, South Lyndale, Scandia Olde Towne, Smith Avenue, Westwood, Thomas and others

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