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.
- Sauvignon Blanc366
- Other White Blends220
- Pinot Gris/Grigio181
- Other White Wine172
- Chenin Blanc58
- Bordeaux White Blends57
- Rhône White Blends57
- Gruner Veltliner42
- Pinot Blanc37
- Melon de Bourgogne4
- Muller Thurgau2
J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Gris 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
La Vis Pinot Grigio 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
Danzante Pinot Grigio 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Estancia Pinot Grigio 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Central Coast, California
Plozner Pinot Grigio 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Gris 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
Bethel Heights Pinot Gris 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Esperto Pinot Grigio 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Mont' Albano Pinot Grigio 2006Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy