A crisp, clean, Pinot Grigio machine that’s an instant winner. Need a little chill after working in the garden, like I just did? This will straighten out all of the kinks and give you extreme satisfaction as you look over your latest seasonal developments. Moments like this put the moments into memorable…

2015 Pinot Grigio Peter Zemmer

I opened the bottle of wine, Jose came into the kitchen. “Whatcha got for a white?”

“Peter Zemmer’s Pinot Grigio,” I said.

He said, “I don’t know that one?”

“What? He defines it.”

He swirled, sniffed, and then sipped it. He easily agreed. “This is really good.”

“Yup,” I said. “It really is.”

We were home. No need for a designated driver. Need I say more?

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Location, Location, Location ~ Alpine and Mediterranean

The 2015 Pinot Grigio Peter Zemmer comes from a region called Alto Adige in Italy. This variety defines Alto Adige as its signature white wine. An Alpine climate, Pinot Grigio experiences “many days of sunshine, cool evening temperatures, and wonderful soil to create crisp, mineral laden, citrus and complex Pinot Grigio.” According to HB Wine Merchants,  “Low yields and hand production make the difference! This wine is made from a few vineyards of differing elevations at the estate to coax even more complexity from the wine.”

Peter Zemmer Winery is located in Cortina. Cortina d’Ampezzo easily referred to as just Cortina, a small town/commune in the heart of the southern Alps, in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Just breathe the air! Does this have something to do with the cleanliness and crispness of this white wine? You bet it does; terroir, terroir, terroir…

This story is too great not to share and would be a shame to recreate it. From the Peter Zemmer Website:


The locality of Cortina s.s.d.v. is first mentioned in a document dating back over 700 years. The settlement is probably even older as acknowledged in the document. The names Curtinego, Curtinie, or Cortine, mentioned in Latin documents from the late 13th and early 14th centuries, found their German equivalents in Curtinie or Cortinie in 1288.

The name probably stems from a corruption of the Latin curtus dominica, meaning court of the king or lord.

With only 600 inhabitants, today Cortina s.s.d.v. is among the smallest communities in Alto Adige – South Tyrol. It is the last village with a German-speaking majority before the southern provincial border with Trentino and the only village in the South Tyrolean Lowlands/’Unterland’ situated in the middle of the valley floor, surrounded by fruit orchards and vineyards near the Adige River.

Our surroundings are both alpine and Mediterranean. The cultivation and growth of a wide spectrum of vineyards is made possible by different geographical positions, fertile grounds, and various microclimatic conditions.

SAMPLE: HB Wine Merchants