This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Famille Cattin Pinot Gris 2015, Alsace AC

Summer is finally here with sun and high twenties in the forecast for the entire weekend!  If you are looking for a great patio wine, we discovered this new arrival at the LCBO from Alsace.  It’s a Pinot Gris (same grape as Pinot Grigio) from Alsace, France.  Alsace may not be on your normal shopping list at the LCBO, but this new wine on shelves makes it worth the detour to the French section of the LCBO.


Tasting Notes:  This has extraordinary aromatic complexity with notes of apricots and a hint of honey.  It’s just off-dry and balanced between spiciness and a light touch of fruit with a crisp fresh finish.

Enjoy With:  A summer salad or grilled seafood, or it would be a perfect patio sipper on its own.

Style:  Off-dry, aromatic and flavourful.

Terroir/Region:  Tucked into France's northeastern corner, Alsace follows the Rhine River through its long, thin strip. The Vosges Mountains protect and provide Alsace with a backdrop for some of France’s most stunning scenery.  Central to this landscape of rolling hills and charming timber villages is the renowned Alsace Wine Route (Route des Vins d’Alsace), a 106 mile journey winding through more than 100 wine villages, 19 of which host 26 Michelin-starred restaurants. Incomparable weather and scenery, delicious eating and drinking, and generous hospitality make Alsace a feast for all the senses.

Producer:  Famille Cattin has been an independent and family-owned winery for over 300 years.  The Cattin family has been dedicated to the farming of the unique terroir of their vineyards.  Working the traditional varieties in Alsace of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, the Cattin family crafts elegant wines that highlight the originality of the terroir and the character of the grape varietal.

Availability:  Famille Cattin Pinot Gris is available all year round at the LCBO and in some grocery stores.  Look for it in the French White wine section. 

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Price: $16.05

LCBO#: 481424

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 12.5% alc./vol.