Chris Holman’s Blend of the Month

Mivino encourages winemakers to be adventurous by taking part in the long winemaking tradition of blending different varietals together. Chris Holman has been making wine professionally since 2006, which has led him to work in regions such as the Niagara Peninsula, Okanagan Valley, McLaren Vale South Australia, and Tasmania.  Chris earned a 2 year diploma at Niagara College in Winemaking and Viticulture in 2008 and more recently he received a 4 year B.Sc degree majoring in Oenology and Viticulture at Brock University in 2015. His academic achievements in addition to his technical winemaking experience will allow him to provide our customers with excellent technical support and new ideas, helping them continue to make excellent wines.

Pinot Grigio / Riesling

Wine Type: White
50% Pinot Grigio
50% Riesling
Nose: Green apple, peach, pear, floral notes.
Palate: Medium in body with fresh acidity, finishing with lemon rind, green apple, and juicy peach.
Blend Instructions: Blend prior to fermentation in 30L (7.9 US GAL) Primary Fermenter.

Chris Holman’s Winemaker Notes

This blend captures everything I love about Pinot Grigio while bringing out the fresh citrus, peach, and minerality Riesling is famous for. While I was studying winemaking in the Niagara Peninsula I often found many producers coming out with different versions of Riesling and Pinot Grigio blends. Some of these blends were dry and some were off dry. I prefer this blend with a residual sugar of 7-10 g/L which would require a wine conditioner addition of between 125-150mL per 23L (6 US Gal) just prior to bottling. This is a blend that is widely used in new world wine regions around the world but tends to be more popular in cool climate regions where these 2 grape varieties shine. I recommend this blend to all of our winemakers who are looking to capture the green apple, floral, and textural aspects of Pinot Grigio along with the fresh minerality that Riesling has to offer. If you start this blend today it will be ready just in time for patio season. It is sure to please!