Whether or not you like the orange and blue packaging, the screwcap and the cutesy story about bluebirds stealing hazelnuts, the Blue Pirate is a wine worth exploring. This is juicy, fleshy, tangy Pinot Gris, loaded with flavors of just-ripe pears and hints of citrus rind, pineapple and vanilla. Big and relatively high in alcohol, this can take on major seafood, such as swordfish, sea bass or halibut.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.