Wine Flair's Wine of the Week,  an Australian number called Beyond Broke Road Pinot Gris 2018, is probably one that creates a little confusion.  That's because Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape, genetically. So why the name difference? And what's the difference between the wines? Well, and I'm going to generalize here: the main differences are where the grapes are grown--typically Italy and France but also in USA and obviously, Australia among other places--when they're harvested, and the styles of the wine. Pinot Grigio grapes are often harvested earlier and fermented differently, rendering the wine more acidic, more austere, with less fruit, and lighter-bodied. Wines designated Pinot Gris (the grape originated in Burgundy, France and was then…

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I know it's 100 degrees outside right now and I ought to be pushing a nice dry Rose or a crisp, citrusy Chablis.  But tonight I'll suggest instead that you crank the AC and open a bottle of Chateau Tanunda Cabernet Sauvignon Noble Baron 2007. The fruit for this wine - mostly Cab with a few percent each of Shiraz and Cab Franc - is hand picked, basket pressed and unfiltered, giving it great authenticity that's enhanced rather than overpowered by 18 months in oak.  It's rich and dense but not sweet, with an elegance and subtlety that belies its power and finish that lingers long after.  The Noble Baron has got discernible mint and spice flavors, which I don't…

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