Guide to Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris
Currently the most popular white wine produced in Italy, Pinot Grigio [Pee-noh GREE-gee-oh] is mostly grown in the northeastern regions of Italy. It thrives in Valdadige and Veneto, where these crisp, dry and refreshing white wines gain more body and substance. Most Pinot Grigio is dry with fruit flavors of pear and apple with hints of lemon and mineral. They range from light to medium body and should be consumed when they are fresh and young. Pinot Grigio is the same grape as Pinot Gris, which is grown in a medium-bodied style in Alsace, California and Oregon. Our Pinot Grigio/ Pinot Gris [Pee-noh GREE] wines are set in three separate locations in our store: Italy Pinot Grigio labeled wines are in the Italy white section, California and Oregon Pinot Grigio wines are in the Other White area, and Alsace Pinot Gris are in the Alsace section.
- Perfumed Pear, Apple, Lemon, Mineral
- Pear, Apple, Lemon, Mineral
- Light Bodied – Light and crisp with ample fruit flavors
- Medium-Bodied – Crisp with more complex fruit flavors
- Light – Shellfish, Quiche, Light food
- Medium - Chicken, White meat, pâté
- Italy – Veneto, Valdadige, Collio (Pinot Grigio)
- France – Alsace (Pinot Gris)
- Oregon – Willamette Valley (Pinot Gris)
- California - Arroyo Seco (Pinot Gris & Grigio)
It is important to understand that although Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape, they are capable of producing a variety of white wines in a number of different winegrowing areas. The lesser expensive Pinot Grigio produced throughout Italy is a nice, crisp and dry wine with a neutral flavor. As the price increases with Italian Pinot Grigio, so does the body and flavors of the wines. At their best, they contain wonderfully crisp acidity, complemented by loads of citrus fruit flavors. Impressive hints of mineral add dimension to the refreshing long finish. The best Pinot Grigio is produced in the northern area of Italy, benefiting from the cooler climate.
The Pinot Gris of Alsace and Oregon are wonderfully crisp as well, but are fuller bodied and more aromatic. Along with an abundance of citrus fruit, Pinot Gris offers additional complex flavors of tree fruits and even hints of almond. This is mostly to do with the soil and climate in which they are grown.
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