An Albert Lea-based Pinot Grigio with lots of personality

Published 11:45 am Saturday, March 12, 2016

Any Pinot Grigio is a neutral wine intended to please a diverse crowd, as was apparent at the liquor store when I bought the last two bottles on the shelf.  Although its popularity is evident by sales, it is not a favorite for the serious wine drinker, as it has mild flavor and not a lot of body.

Three Oak Wines does it right. Its Pinot Grigio is perfectly rounded and easy to drink. It has personality. Not too sweet and not too dry. On the palate, this wine is slightly acidic with a mix of citrus and fruit. The finish is dry, and its flavors drift away nicely. This wine would pair nicely with any seafood.

The best part of this wine is the fact that it is made right here in Albert Lea. Our culture is expanding, and it’s amazing to live in a community willing to embrace the fun things in life. What a treasure!

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Three Oak Vineyards and Winery is at the former iconic Wedge Nursery on the northwest side of Albert Lea. Its first wine was bottled in November 2014. The company is now up to 11 varietals — half are made with pure Minnesota grapes, half are made with Minnesota and California blends.

Owner Jay Enderson is excited to be available for events, such as corporate meetings and weddings. Look for a tasting event coming this spring.

Three Oak Wines products are available for purchase in Albert Lea at Cheers Liquor and Hy-Vee Liquor.