Every week the founder of Washington Wine Report, Wine Enthusiast contributing editor, and Seattle Met's house wine guru recommends a (typically) budget-friendly Northwest wine. 

 What: Milbrandt Traditions Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2012 $13 

Where: Wine World and Spirits, QFC 

Why: It’s rare to find a wine that everyone seems to like. Here’s one. 

Each month on my blog, I conduct what I call a ‘virtual tasting’ where I select a specific wine and talk about it with other people on Twitter on a particular date (read about this month’s wine here). It’s like talking about a wine with a room full of friends except that those friends are scattered all around the Internet. We talk about everything from the packaging to aromas and flavors and wines of similar styles and prices. 

Toward the end of the hour, I ask who would purchase the wine again, ‘Buy or sell,’ as I call it. It might seem surprising, but given different people’s tastes, it’s rare to find a wine that is broad enough in appeal and priced right such that everyone says, ‘Buy!’ In fact, in the nearly five years I’ve been conducting these tastings, it’s only happened a handful of times. One of those unanimous ‘buy’ wines is the 2012 Milbrandt Traditions Pinot Gris. 

Tasting the wine, it’s no wonder. The 2012 Milbrandt Pinot Gris is broadly appealing with notes of pear, green apple, and citrus with lively acidity. It’s a perfect summer wine, bright, refreshing, and—best of all—well priced. Who could say no?

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