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Union Sacre l'Inconnue Pinot Gris Rose

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Country/State California




Type Pinot Gris

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Think Alsace, think Pinot Gris, think Rose … and you’ve got it! OK, it gets a little bit crazier than that because we’re not in France—with this wine, we’re in California.

So hey - The wine is from Paso Robles, California, but comes to us with a French sensibility. The winemaker, Xavier Arnaudin, hails from Alsace, France, and considers this wine to be a tribute to his native homeland. Yet he has a partner in crime - Philip Muzzy, a self-taught designer from Michigan, who helped form this project of Union Sacre wines that they embarked on together.

Their idea: Make wines for the table, for joy, with some wit and intelligent jokes, but never pretense, and not demanding. After all, Union Sacre harkens back to a French political term circa World War I, but they mean it here to describe two friends coming together to create something new. Looking at the bottle, the front label tells you what it is, and the back label tells you how it feels. And inside the bottle? 

l’Inconnue, or “The Unknown,” is an occasional release for Union Sacré and is reserved for those rare wines that break with the expected style, and to dazzling effect. This wine is off-the-charts great. It is dry and packed with grapefruit, lemon, Granny Smith apple, and a touch of orange peels. 

Or, maybe an even better summation – pretty much everyone that I have drunk this wine with (and at this point there have been many bottles!) has said, “Darn, that’s so yummy, I could drink it all day!” And indeed, that is what we have been doing. Join us!