Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
Learn about Pinot Grigio — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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.
Tasting Notes for Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a dry, white wine naturally low in acidity. Pinot Grigio wines showcase 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 their Italian counterpart. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often light and charming.
Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Grigio
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 citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.
Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Grigio
Given the pinkish color of its berries and aromatic potential if cared for 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.
- Other White Blends68
- Rhône White Blends54
- Bordeaux White Blends48
- Sauvignon Blanc45
- Chenin Blanc32
- Other White Wine30
- Pinot Gris/Grigio11
- Gruner Veltliner7
- Grenache Blanc2
- Melon de Bourgogne2
- Pinot Blanc2
- Ribolla Gialla2
Point Concepcion Marea Solis Pinot Grigio 2012Pinot Gris/Grigio from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2011Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Zind-Humbrecht Tokay Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Selection de Grains Noble (375ML Half-bottle) 2000Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Movia Ambra Pinot Grigio 2012Pinot Gris/Grigio from Slovenia
Cave de Ribeauville Pinot Gris Gloeckelberg Grand Cru 2011Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Cave de Ribeauville Pinot Gris Gloeckelberg Grand Cru 2012Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Cave de Ribeauville Pinot Gris Gloeckelberg Grand Cru 2010Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2009Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Domaine Schoffit Pinot Gris Rangen Clos Saint-Theobald Selection de Grains Nobles (375ml) 2001Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand 2013Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Selection des Grains Nobles Pinot Gris (375ml half-bottle) 2001Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France