2013 La Crema Pinot Gris

2013 La Crema Pinot Gris (Handout photo / July 3, 2012)

From: Monterey, Calif.

Price: $20

Serve with: Lobster, roast poultry, salmon

This full-bodied white wine is notable for its creamy texture, but behind the silky feel is plenty of backbone. It displays a broad spectrum of flavors — not unlike its pinot gris cousins in Alsace. There's lemon, melon, orange, vanilla, almonds and a melange of spices. This is quite a complete wine suitable for a special dinner.

--Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun