Appellation: Yakima Valley
The Miller family in Prosser, Wash., has established the 70-year-old lonesome birch tree amid its World War II-era Airport Ranches Vineyard as a sign of affordable and quaffable red and white wines in the Pacific Northwest. And this vintage is a classic Washington-style Pinot Gris with aromas of starfruit, Asian pear, apricot and a touch of lychee. Those pear and apricot notes are presented in a juicy fashion as spritzy lime acidity and a finish of green banana combine to balance the residual sugar of 1.6%. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine. (12.4 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 4,018
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Food pairings: This should pair nicely with grilled or baked chicken, pasta with a cream sauce or clam chowder.
Airport Estates, 560 Merlot Drive, Prosser, 509-786-7401, www.airfieldwines.com.