Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness ...
Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris wine. California produces both styles with success.
In the Glass
Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity but full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to its Italian counterparts. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often much lighter, charming and fruit driven.
The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.
Given the color of its berries and aromatic and characterful potential if cared for as it is allowed to fully ripen, the Pinot grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.
- Bordeaux White Blends29
- Sauvignon Blanc22
- Other White Blends13
- Other White Wine10
- Pinot Gris/Grigio6
- Gruner Veltliner5
- Rhône White Blends4
- Chenin Blanc1
Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio 2016Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2016Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Elena Walch Vigna Castel Ringberg Pinot Grigio 2017Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Bollini Pinot Grigio 2017Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Bortoluzzi Pinot Grigio 2016Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy