WWJD (What Would Julie Drink?)-Peter Zemmer

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The iconic opening of The Sound of Music begins with Julie Andrews twirling through the alpine meadows. Her hair and voice like sunshine, the snow-capped cragged mountain sides looming in the background. The range which towers above her extends west through Northern Italy’s Alto Adige so it wasn’t surprising when I was transported to this scene when tasting Peter Zemmer’s Pinot Grigio.

The Peter Zemmer winery was founded in 1928 in Cortina, Italy. The grapes flourish in the valley, the ventilation and sunlight create the right environment. The grower’s choice to use sustainable farming and organic fertilizer allows the grapes to flourish. Selective sorting through the low yield ensures the best quality wines.


Pale pear green, incredibly fragrant with notes of unripened pear and candied citrus zest. Crisp and zesty with pear, melon, citrus. Sunshine in a bottle, newly fallen snow, and alpine lilies in the finish.  This is a beautiful wine. I enjoyed every sip of this wine. Priced at about $16, it is one of the best Pinot Grigios I have had and an excellent value.

Back in 2007, we ventured just over the border into Austria, weaving above the lakes and through the Alpine towns. Leaving, we flew north over the majestic mountains. From above you get a sense of scale that is unmatched from below. It was the last we saw of the beautiful country and it left a lasting impression. When we return, we will be sure to spend more time in Alto Adige, but for now, we can open a bottle of Peter Zemmer and remember.

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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

12 thoughts on “WWJD (What Would Julie Drink?)-Peter Zemmer

  1. You had me at “what would Julie think,” being a huge fan of Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music, myself. Then describing the trip into the Italian Alps kept me reading, especially since my husband and I did something similar last summer. (Nice writing)

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      1. We went from Lake Como up through the most amazing mountain pass I have ever encountered, ending at St. Moritz.
        Earlier on that trip we had toured the Pinot Grigio vineyards on the steep hillsides of Cinque Terra, which were so different from the gently rolling hills of the vineyards, here, in California. Fascinating.
        What was your favorite place?


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