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3 Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Taste Profiles You Will Love – The Ultimate Guide

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The 3 main Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris White Wine styles are Mineral and Dry, Fruity and Dry, and Fruity and Sweet. What's your fav?

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris is a popular white wine. Pinot Grigio it’s known for its dryness, high acidity,  light-body, lemon, and apple notes. Pinot Gris (Alsace) on the other hand has more body, lower acidity, more complexity, and is sweeter. Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris gives its best in a cooler climate.

Have you ever found yourself staring at many Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris bottles wondering which one you would like best? Keep reading and you’ll find the answer and much more!

I’ve organized the content below in small sections to make it easy to read. I must confess I’m quite happy with the research and work done. As always wine tasting was my favorite part!😋

Use the table of content below to jump straight to the section. In this article you’ll learn more about: 

Keep reading to enjoy your favorite Pinot Grigio at its best!

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Overview

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 12.5%

Main Regions

Italy: Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto

Other Regions

Austria
Canada : Okagan, Ontario
Chile
Germany: (Baden, Rheinhessen and Rheinpfalz)
Hungary
Romania
Slovenia

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 12.5%

Main Regions

Italy: Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto

Other Regions

Austria
Canada : Okagan, Ontario
Chile
Germany: (Baden, Rheinhessen and Rheinpfalz)
Hungary
Romania
Slovenia

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon Zest
Mineral

Palate

Saline & Dry
High Acidity
Light Body

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon Zest
Mineral

Palate

Saline & Dry
High Acidity
Light Body

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Serve and Store Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Useful insight

The minerally and dry Pinot Grigio is generally produced in stainless steel tanks. There is no oak aging or malolactic fermentation.

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Overview

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 14%

Main Regions

Italy: Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, Trentino Alto Adige, Sicilia
USA: California, Oregon, Washington
New Zealand

Other Regions

Argentina
Australia
Chile
South Africa

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 14%

Main Regions

Italy: Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, Trentino Alto Adige, Sicilia
-
USA: California, Oregon, Washington
-
New Zealand

Other Regions

Argentina
Australia
Chile
South Africa

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon
White Peach
Pear

Palate

Dry
Ripe Green Fruit
Creamy
Medium Acidity
Medium-Light Body

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon
White Peach
Pear

Palate

Dry
Ripe Green Fruit
Medium Acidity
Medium-Light Body

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish
Grilled Fish

Cheese

Semi-Soft (Fontina),
Firm (Beaufort)

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish
Grilled Fish

Cheese

Semi-Soft (Fontina),
Firm (Beaufort)

Serve and Store Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Useful insight

The fruity and dry Pinot Grigio is generally produced in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is used to reduce acidity and give a smoother taste.

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Overview

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

12% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Alsace

Other Regions

-

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

12% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Alsace

Other Regions

-

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris.

Color

Pale Lemon
Medium Gold

Nose

Sweet Lemon Candy
Honey
Ginger
Spice

Palate

Off-Dry to Sweet
Ripe Pear
Lemon Zest
Medium-Low Acidity
Medium to Full Body

Color

Pale Lemon
Medium Gold

Nose

Sweet Lemon Candy
Honey
Ginger
Spice

Palate

Off-Dry to Sweet
Ripe Pear
Lemon Zest
Medium-Low Acidity
Medium to Full Body

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris.

Appetitizer

Foie Gras
Cream Sauces
Grilled Vegetables

Meat

White Meat
Reach Veal
Pork

Fish

Meaty Fish

Cheese

Blue Mold (Gorgonzola),
Hard (Pecorino)

Appetitizer

Foie Gras
Cream Sauces
Grilled Vegetables

Meat

White Meat
Reach Veal
Pork

Fish

Meaty Fish

Cheese

Blue Mold (Gorgonzola),
Hard (Pecorino)

Serve and Store Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris

Decant

Nope

Glass

Fortified (Sweet wine)

Chardonnay /
Viognier
(all others)

Serve at

Off-Dry
45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C
Sweet
43 - 46 °F
6 - 8 °C

Store for

3-5 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Fortified (Sweet wine)

Chardonnay /
Viognier
(all others)

Serve at

Off-Dry
45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C
Sweet
43 - 46 °F
6 - 8 °C

Store for

3-5 years

Useful insight

The fruity and sweet Pinot Gris comes in two sweetness style:

  • Pinot Gris and Grand Cru are generally dry.
  • Vendage Tardives and Selection de Grains Nobles are sweet to very sweet.

A little bit of Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris history

Pinot Gris is from the Burgundy region in France. Known since the Middle Ages, it spread in other regions like Switzerland and Germany over time. Pinot Gris is the result of a genetic mutation of the Pinot Noir grape that occurred centuries ago.

In 1961, Santa Margherita [1] wine group, located in Veneto – Italy, has been the first company in the world to vinify Pinot Grigio grapes as a white wine. 

What does Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris mean?

“Pinot” is a French word that derives from “pin”, i.e. pine tree, given the resemblance between the bunch of grapes and the pine cone. 

“Gris” is a French word that means “grey” in English and “grigio” in Italian, and comes from the greyish/brownish pink skin of the grape.

Where does Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris grow best?

Cool climates help Pinot Grigio grow at its best and mature relatively early causing high sugar levels. Depending on the vinification style, this can lead to either a wine high in alcohol if fermented to dryness, or a sweeter wine.

When is the perfect time to drink Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris?

Like Sauvignon Blanc and Unoaked Chardonnay, a hot summer day is perfect to enjoy Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: it’s refreshing, very light, and easy to drink.

Useful insight from the label

For Italian wine production, you might find the below acronyms on the label. Here is what you should know in a nutshell:

  • Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) [2]: The grapes are mostly from the area. This is the entry-level and generally the cheapest price.
  • Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) [3]: All the grapes are from the area. Generally a smoother and slightly better finish than IGT and a bit more expensive.
  • Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) [4]: It follows rigorous protocols for harvesting, cultivation, and production. This is the highest quality of the three. This wine has usually more pronounced and better flavors and thus it comes with a higher price.

Some curiosities about Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

  • There is an International Pinot Grigio day and it’s the 17th of May.

     

  • Pinot Grigio is an “early to market” wine. Within 4 to 12 weeks after fermentation, it hits the market and you can have it on your table. You should drink whilst it’s young.

     

  • There’s a  Pinot Grigio Rosé version called Ramato that you should try. Let’s find more about it here.

What’s Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris's typical price range?

The price generally ranges from $10 – $30. Where $10 is usually the IGT Italian style and $30 the Alsatian style.

What to do next?

Be sure to serve your Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris at the right temperature. Read our wine tasting guide to enhance your tasting experience and taste like the pro! Alternatively, why don’t you check out our guides on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay?

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