Drew Barrymore's "first love" was pinot grigio, she says.
She and her girlfriends drank the chilled white wine regularly in their early twenties, and they still drink it now. So when The Wedding Singer actor decided she'd like to help make wine, pinot grigio seemed like a good place to start.
Barrymore collaborated with Carmel Road Winery in California to release the new wine -- Barrymore's first with the brand. She also collaborated on a pinot noir expected to hit retail shelves late this summer or early fall.
Unlike some celebrities' wine collaborations, Barrymore was deeply involved in the wine making process. Kris Kato, winemaker director for Carmel Road Winery, would bring samples of the pinot grigio to Barrymore -- whether that meant casually at her home with dog and kids in tow, or in between public appearances as they convened in a hotel room, sipping from glasses on a coffee table in Somewhere, U.S.A.
"It's criminal how much fun we have," Barrymore says of her partnership with Carmel. Her wine can be found in North Texas at Spec's, Kroger, Market Street and Continental Liquor.
If you haven't tried Barrymore's pinot grigio, allow the actor to explain what she likes about it:
Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio (suggested retail $14.99) is made with chardonnay and riesling grapes. The chardonnay gives it a bit of a buttery texture while the riesling makes it "pop" with crispness, Kato explains.
Seasoned tasters might smell lemon or melon on the nose. They'll likely taste lemon drop along with what the winery calls "wet stone minerality" in this bright, easy to drink wine.
Barrymore and Kato say it pairs with spicy food, such as Mexican or Thai, and sushi.