The Frugal Wine Gal: Adelsheim Pinot Gris


During my exploration of Oregon wine, I have encountered many wineries that excite me when I see their bottle in my frugal price range. Adelsheim Vineyards is of of those wineries. I’ve had some fantastic wines that they have made over the years. Just recently I tried their 2012 Pinot Noir and absolutely fell in love with it. So when I saw their 2013 Pinot Gris was released and at a great price point – I of course had to try it.

Adelsheim’s Bryant Creek Vineyard

Adelsheim Vineyards is a winery with a long history. They planted their first acres of grapes all the way back in 1972. They initially started with Pinot noir, Reisling, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris. At the time, the amount of vineyards planted in Oregon was about 35 acres total. This makes Adelsheim Vineyards one of the founding wineries in Oregon. Fast forward to 2013, the winery has planted upwards of 229 acres of grapes ranging from Pinot noir, Pinot blanc, and Chardonnay. Still owned today by David and Ginny Adelsheim, this vineyard produces high quality wines that are truly representative of the Willamette Valley.

Adelsheim Barrel Cave

Pinot gris is a staple of many Oregon wineries, especially in the Willamette Valley. We are known for growing some amazing grapes. Adelsheim was one of the first wineries in Oregon to plant the grape and it has truly excelled. The 2013 Pinot Gris is the 30th edition of the grape to be produced by the winery. It shows some true style.

On the nose, this wine had scents of crisp green apples and a fresh fall day. The color was beautiful, reminiscent of a golden sunrise. The best part was the flavor profile of this wine. It had full flavors of white fruit; like apples, pears, and a hint of peaches. The mouthfeel was smooth and ended with a slight crispness that kept it from being too sweet. What a fantastic wine overall. I paired this wine with Hawaiian style pork served over rice and topped with a bit of Sriracha. It was the perfect match. Spicy food pairs really well with this selection.


I picked this wine up from my local grocery store for $16. It may be red wine season, but this wine was the perfect choice even with the chilly evening. I would highly recommend pairing it with something spicy, or thai food. Enjoy on a warm summer day while barbecuing, or a brisk November evening. It’s great either way. Cheers!


Wine lover and student. I love finding great wines at fantastic prices that are affordable for anyone and everyone. Both Oregon and Washington have some amazing options and I look forward to sharing them with everyone. Cheers!

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