Wine Wednesday: Bonny Doon, 2016 Vin Gris de Cigare, Central Coast

As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has offered an exclusively “Rhône-alone” wine list. We’ve always loved that featuring unique wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.

This Week: Bonny Doon, 2016 Vin Gris de Cigare, Central Coast

About Bonny Doon:

"While Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the (in retrospect) foolish attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, Randall Grahm realized early on that he would have far more success creating more distinctive and original wines working with Rhône varieties in the Central Coast of California. The key learning here (achieved somewhat accidentally but fortuitously) was that in a warm, Mediterranean climate, it is usually blended wines that are most successful. In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this continues as the winery’s flagship/starship brand." Source

Tasting Notes:

"The ’16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips." Source


At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Bonny Doon, 2016 Vin Gris de Cigare with wild flounder meunière (yukon​ potato purée, spinach, lemon-caper brown butter), duck confit (baby turnips, carrots, pearl onions, beluga lentils, red wine syrup) and soft cheeses.

At home enjoy with seared tuna, edamames, baby bok choy and rice.


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