Pinot Gris / Grigio
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.
- Sauvignon Blanc28
- Other White Blends14
- Bordeaux White Blends7
- Other White Wine7
- Pinot Gris/Grigio6
- Pinot Blanc4
- Rhône White Blends4
- Chenin Blanc3
- Melon de Bourgogne3
- Grenache Blanc2
- Gruner Veltliner2
Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Central Otago, New Zealand
Tangent Paragon Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Maldonado Los Olivos Pinot Grigio 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Napa Valley, California
Mercer Estates Pinot Gris 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France