Hoffmann meets Holman to ring in the New Year …
When I received an email asking if I was interested in “reviewing” a bottle of Holman Ranch wine — ummm, free wine? — it took me about 2.2 seconds to answer with an enthusiastic “abso-smurf-ly!”
I am certainly not a connoisseur — in any sense of the word — though I do enjoy my wine … specifically, that of the Pino Grigio nature.
The person who sent me the initial email offered a few options. Admittedly, confusion set in — especially since my typical wine criteria consists of “box” or “twist off” and usually comes from the “value rack” at just $6.99 a bottle (or a real bargain at 2 for $12).
Apparently, I must have a knack for wine selection because the Pino Gris (see below description) “spoke to me” through the computer monitor and it turned out that my instincts were right.
Here’s what they said: Pinot Gris, Estate Grown: Our latest vintage Pinot Gris is chock full of fresh fruity notes and finishes with a bright acidity. It will pair excellently with your next meal or better yet, just have a glass or two with friends! (Retails for about $17/bottle)
They had me at: “a glass or two with friends!”
Here’s what I say: I’m not going to use words like sweet, dry or crisp. I don’t know what you are supposed to pair what wine with (though I assume Bagel Bites are not the right answer). And, I’m not familiar with what makes a particular wine “a good year,” but the Holman Ranch Pinot Gris was fan-freakin-tastic. Good stuff — a-helluv-a-lot-better than my regular go-to bottle.
Holman Ranch estate-grown wines are crafted to deliver “the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.” So where can you purchase a bottle of this bottled goodness? Honestly, I am not sure if they sell Holman Ranch at your local wine shop. But, you can certainly visit their website at www.HolmanRanch.com and purchase directly from there.
The family-owned and award-winning Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery is located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation and is approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast.
They offer a beautiful venue for weddings and other events (check out the pictures on the internet) as well as a tasting room, wine club, olive oil grove and riding stables. I would love to visit there one day. (831) 659-2640 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honestly (the only kind of review I would offer), I can tell you that the Holman Ranch Pino Gris that I sampled was great — and I would not hesitate purchase on my own. I give this wine an enthusiastic, Fonzie-style “thumbs up.”