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!
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Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio
Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Overview
Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Taste Profile
These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.
Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Food Pairing
These are some food pairing suggestions for Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.
Serve and Store Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio
Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio
Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Overview
Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Taste Profile
These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio.
Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Food Pairing
These are some food pairing suggestions for Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio.
Serve and Store Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio
Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris
Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Overview
Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Taste Profile
These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris.
Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Food Pairing
These are some food pairing suggestions for Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris.
Serve and Store Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris
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  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?
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) : The grapes are mostly from the area. This is the entry-level and generally the cheapest price.
- Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) : 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) : 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.