Cool San Pablo bay breezes shoot up the Napa River and cover the vineyard on Carneros’ Las Amigas Road. This is the coolest part of Napa Valley and ideal for making dry, racy Pinot Gris. Strong smells and flavors of grated lemon zest, grapefruit ice, crisp pineapple and lemon balm point to a unique Napa Valley white wine. With lots of texture and high acidity, the Art House Pinot Gris pushes the flavor envelope when enjoyed without food. I started sipping it on its own and compare it to a jump into a cool pool on a hot day: quick shock before getting used to it. Its rightful place is on the dinner table: mine had grilled shrimp soft tacos on it with the Art House. Shrimp, avocado, cabbage, green onion, tomatillo salsa. So good.
Art House Wines is owned by John and Dona Bonnick of Napa Valley. Artists and photographers by trade, they extended their art to include killer Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Rose wine starting in 2010. While they live in Los Carneros, their wines come from neighboring vineyards. With total production of under 500 cases, this is super-tasty micro-production wine at its finest!