Pinot Gris/ Pinot Grigio
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape variety. It is thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. Grown primarily in Alsace, France and Germany, Pinot Gris can also be found in New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, Washington and Oregon. Pinot Grigio is found in Northeastern Italy.
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio is very popular as a “beginner’s wine”, since it is light and very accessible. It has medium to medium-high acidity, with lime, pear, green apple, melon, lemon, white nectarine and white peach notes. Wines made from French grapes are rich, fat and sweet, while those made from Italian grapes are light, crisp, clean and dry. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio is best consumed within one to three years.
While they are the same grape, the two names have two different styles of wine:
- Immensely popular, the Italian style Pinot Grigio wines are typically lighter-bodied, crisp, fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas and a touch of spice.
- In contrast, Alsace Pinot Gris wines are more full-bodied, richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. They also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio complements light fish such as tilapia, sole, trout, cod, halibut, mussels, scallops, oysters, chicken, turkey, ham, veal, Italian antipasti and light pasta.
Important note - Pinot Blanc is not the same as Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio.
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