Wine of the Week: 2008 St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Grigio

Here's a lively, fresh Pinot Grigio from the vineyards of the Alto Adige region of Italy, near the Austrian border. Scented with flowers and sweet grasses, the 2008 St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Grigio comes from a great little cooperative in the region. I'm taken with its bright acidity and touch of minerality, along with its notes of pear and ripe apple.

Pinot Grigio is a tremendously versatile white wine that can go with all sorts of dishes. Minestrone and other rustic vegetable soups, pasta dishes, grilled fish and scampi come to mind first.

— S. Irene Virbila

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Region: Alto Adige, Italy

Price: About $20

Style: Floral and crisp

What it goes with: Minestrone, pasta dishes, grilled fish

Where to find it: Duck Blind Liquors in Santa Monica, (310) 394-6705,; Du Vin Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161,; Mona Lisa Deli in San Diego, (619) 234-5367,; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,; the Wine Gallery in Corona del Mar, (949) 675-3410,