I am always on the lookout for a unique wine, unique label, unique bottle or unique wine accessory. So last week we had the opportunity to pour our wine at WineStyles in Howland. They have a monthly wine tasting where you can sample 5 sweet wines or 5 dry wines while shopping some great vendors. It’s a great wine shop filled with an unbelievable number of wines.

But what I really liked about the sampling was some of the unique wines they featured. My favorite that night was a white Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is usually served as a dry red wine or now that summer is almost here you can find some great Pinot Noir rosés. Unlike a White Zinfandel or White Merlot (both are actually blush in color) this White Pinot Noir is truly a white wine.

So when they poured Graffi’s White Pinot Noir I was so excited to try this wine. WineStyles had listed it as “Crisp” and I was shocked to taste how refreshing this wine was. It had an amazing green apple flavor and a smooth finish which is the complete opposite to a regular pinot noir. For a usually red wine I couldn’t believe how clear this wine turned out and how flavorful is was.

Now many of you might be wondering – how did they make it white? Well all wines are technically white when you press the juice from the grape. To give it the blush and red color the grape skins are added to the juice to allow the juice to extract the color from the skins. Depending on how light or dark you want the wine to be the skins are removed after a couple of days to a couple of weeks. However, if there is no skin contact the juice is fermented as a white wine.

So if you are looking for a unique wine for this summer or a great way to trick your friends, I highly suggest you check out Graffi’s White Pinot Noir.


Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on other winery topics, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.