Sipping with Grace: Prophecy Pinot Grigio with summer tomato herb salad

For those looking for a light and healthy, yet mouthwatering meal.



This is the Prophecy Pinot Grigio and the summer tomato herb salad I made with it.

JARED GRACE, Evergreen columnist

Prophecy’s label is gorgeous, as they always have been. It was the first thing my partner and I saw and the reason we took it off the shelf in the first place. If you have time, I would recommend going to their website and taking a look at their other labels.

The 2020 Prophecy Pinot Grigio is made with 100% Pinot Grigio grapes and is 12.5% alcohol. This wine is very easy to drink and light.

With notes of pear and light peach and aromas of light lemon and lime, this wine feels smooth and soft with almost no astringency at all. The alcohol makes the wine feel warm, and the light acidity gives a texture that is very pleasant.

If you are not a fan of puckering tannins or wines that taste alcoholic in the slightest, this wine is perfect for you. It is also perfect for those who also aren’t fans of sweet wines like Rieslings, either, as this wine takes the smooth and sultry texture of a Riesling and greatly tones down the sweetness.

This wine pairs best with spring and summer flavors, which include light seafood, such as shrimp, oysters and clams, light vegetables, salads, burrata and sushi.

This is the summer tomato herb salad and a tomato vinaigrette I made with it.

That being said, I paired this wine with a summer tomato herb salad from the “Salt Fat Acid Heat” cookbook. This recipe is a mix of heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and any herbs of your choice, as well as a tomato vinaigrette made from the cores of the heirloom tomatoes.

This recipe goes very well with the wine because it is herby and fresh while having its own acidity, which rivals the calming nature of the wine. Usually, I find that when pairing wines with food, you are pairing the food up to the acidity of the wine. However, I find that pairing this smooth and citrusy wine with a higher acidity food makes it enjoyable and intriguing.

To consume this wine at its best, make sure it is chilled to about 45–49 degrees Fahrenheit and that you let it sit at room temperature for about five minutes after opening and before serving.

Winery: Prophecy Wines (owned by Gallo Winery, Inc.)

Varietal: Pinot Grigio

Vintage: 2020

Locations: Modesto, California

Price: $9–12

Pairing: Summer Tomato Herb Salad (from the Salt Fat Acid Heat Cookbook)

I would like to emphasize that this column is not a review; my purpose for writing this series is to provide as much information about a wine as I can so that you can find your niche.

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Drink up!