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
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, http://www.ducksblindswineandspirits.com; Du Vin Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161, http://www.du-vin.com; Mona Lisa Deli in San Diego, (619) 234-5367, http://www.monalisalittleitaly.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; the Wine Gallery in Corona del Mar, (949) 675-3410, http://www.cdmwinegallery.com.