Heitz Cellars, which lies in the heart of Napa Valley, is known for their coveted Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. In the early 1960s, Joe and Alice Heitz bought the property and the previous owners had planted only one single grape varietal. That was the grignolino, which means “little strawberry” in Italian.
This is a unique, approachable varietal with bright red fruits and hints of blood orange on the nose. Grignolino is very light in body and similar in style to a Pinot Noir. The strawberry and zesty-blood orange dominates the palate with a touch of dried herbs. This is a great summer red that is easy drinking and full of good acidity to quench the palate. Grignolino is an outstanding food wine; it is great for BBQ or a summer vegetable plate.
You may not be sure how to pronounce Grignolino (green-o-lean-o), but you will be sure to enjoy it at SpringHouse by the glass all summer long.