Let’s be clear: there are too many ‘ordinary’ Pinot Grigios out there: this is not one of those. Rather, it has proved itself a firm favourite with the Perthshire restaurants we supply. The Ponte del Diavolo wines take their name from the spectacular medieval bridge in the nearby town of Cividale. The story goes that the Devil struck a bargain with the townspeople, promising to make them a bridge in return for the soul of the first living thing to cross it. The cunning citizens sent a dog or cat across, depending on the variation of the story, thereby saving themselves and gaining a wonderful bridge. Make of that what you will: what is beyond doubt is that this is a superior Pinot Grigio. The vineyards are located on the well-drained and superior soils of Grave del Friuli which are to the north-east of Venice, between the Alps and the Adriatic. Bright lemon in colour with a lively, freshly-cut pear and baked bread character on the nose it has great elegance on the palate (ripe pears, a touch of sherbet and even nuts). This goes well with fish starters or even baked Camembert and has a freshness that makes it a great aperitif.