An albino mutation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc is for people who like their whites with the crispness of Sauvignon Blanc and the weight of Chardonnay.
Konzelmann Pinot Blanc 2011, $12.15
A fourth-generation winemaker, Herbert Konzelmann left Stuttgart, Germany, in 1982 and set up camp just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake. Try this bottle with quiche.
Ponce notes: “The bouquet is textbook Pinot Blanc, with citrus, pear, and honeydew. Zesty and refreshing, it has a hint of ginger to spice up the fruit.”
André Blanck et Ses Fils Rosenbourg Pinot Blanc 2011, $13.95
Alsace, France, is the spiritual home of Pinot Blanc, where it’s the primary grape used in Crémant, the region’s sparkling wine. Pair with roast chicken.
Ponce notes: “In the glass, aromas of lemon curd and wet steel seduce and beguile. On the palate, it’s undeniably French: austere but elegant, with a long, citrusy finish.”
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2011, $15.95
The warm climate of B.C.’s Okanagan Valley produced the ripest bottle of the bunch. It’s a natural with seared scallops.
Ponce notes: “It has the roundness of a fuller-bodied white, but then—pa-PLAM!—a lip-smacking jolt of white grapefruit electrifies the tongue. In a word: punchy.”