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Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris

Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris
This is our comparison of Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris. Enjoy!

We’ve extensively researched the various Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris styles to help you pick the best for you.

The main difference between Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris is their styles and where they are produced. As the name suggests, they both come from the same grape. 

For Pinot Grigio expect a dry wine with medium-high acidity, medium-light body with aromas of apple, and lemon zest or white peach, and pear depending on the style. 

For Pinot Gris expect a sweeter wine with medium-full body, medium-low acidity, with sweet lemon candy, honey, ginger, and spice aromas. 

You’ll find more details in the below article, along with our recommendation for you. 

Let’s begin with the review!

Wine Selection Overview

Find below our Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris wine selection, where you’ll find our recommendation for you.

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Selection

Pasqua Vigneti Pinot Grigio delle Venezie
4/5

Of straw yellow color, the nose has floral scents reminiscent of the scent of acacia flowers, with hints of pear.

The flavor is intense and very harmonious, fruity notes of pear and apple.

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige
4/5

This dry white wine has a straw yellow color.

Its clean, intense aroma and bone-dry taste with an appealing flavor of golden delicious apples.

Pacherhof Pinot Grigio 2020
4/5

White wine with brilliant straw-yellow color with greenish shimmer.

Fruity aroma with impressions of apple and almonds.

On the palate the wine is racy, with a round and harmonious finish.

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Selection

Italo Cescon
Pinot Grigio
4.3/5

It has straw yellow color, intense, with slight notes of nutmeg, peach leaf broken citrus.

Dry and cool. Net ripe and fruity scents, all the orange zest, full flavor fills long mouth.

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2020
4/5

It has an intense straw-yellow color with a light nuance of antique rose. Its aroma is intense, full and fruity, with excellent persistence.

Its taste is dry, velvety, and particularly well-orchestrated for its full body.

Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2019
4.3/5

The fine, elegant aromas are reminiscent of honey produced from blossom and tropical fruits.

Pleasant vanilla fragrances and a light, buttery taste are noted in the palate.

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Selection

Trimbach Pinot Gris Alsace Réserve 2014
3.9/5

Very ripe and harmonious style.

Rich with yellow juicy peaches on the nose as well as ripe pears. 

Full bodied with ripe smoky tropical fruit flavors and a long slightly nutty finish.

Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2018
4/5

Great 4-star wine from Alsace.

Green apple, pineapple, honeysuckle and pear on the nose.

Tangerine and tropical fruit on the palate. Medium body and acidity.

Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle
4/5

Exquisite 4-star wine from Alsace.

Wildflower honey, rich stone fruit, dried lemon peel. 

Medium body, off dry plus, smooth texture.

Comparison

Let’s now take a closer look at the difference between Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris and their three main styles, so that you’ll have enough details to make an informed decision.

Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris style #1: Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio

Here you’ll find an overview of the Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio style, what to expect from it and how to pair it with food.

Regions

The main regions where this style is produced are Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto in the northern part of Italy. Other important regions are Austria, Canada, Chile, and Germany. 

Taste Profile

This Pinot Grigio style is very light and refreshing thanks to its high acidity and light body. It’s a dry wine, mineral with typical aromas of lemon zest, and apple. 

Food Pairings

It pairs very well with salty foods like french fries and salty olives. Go for white meat and shellfish and soft cheese or light cream cheese like Brie. 

Store and Serve

Pinot Grigio is meant to be consumed relatively soon, so don’t store it for more than 2 to 3 years. Serve it at 45° – 50° F (7° – 10° C) in a Chardonnay or Viognier glass to enjoy it at its best.

Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris style #2: Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio

Here you’ll find an overview of the Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio style, what to expect from it and how to pair it with food.

Regions

The main regions where this style is produced are Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, and Sicily in Italy; California, Oregon, and Washington in the USA, and New Zealand. Other important regions are Argentina, Australia, Chile, and South Africa. 

Taste Profile

This Pinot Grigio style usually undergoes malolactic fermentation and as such displays medium acidity, medium-light body and a creamy texture on the palate. It’s still a dry wine, with typical aromas of apple, lemon, white peach, and pear. 

Food Pairing

Food Pairing will not vary much from the previous style. You can though pair it with slightly more bold flavor foods like grilled fish, semi-soft and firm cheese like Beaufort, for example, thanks to its medium body 

Store and Serve

Like the previous style, it is meant to be consumed relatively soon, so don’t store it for more than 2 to 3 years. Serve it at 45° – 50° F (7° – 10° C) in a Chardonnay or Viognier glass to enjoy it at its best.

Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris style #3: Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris

Here you’ll find an overview of the Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris style, what to expect from it and how to pair it with food. 

Regions

The main region where this style is produced is Alsace in France. 

Taste Profile

Pinot Gris has a medium gold color and usually a medium to full body with medium-low acidity. Expect a wine less dry than the other two. It infact can go up to sweet for Vendage Tardives and Selection de Grains Nobles. Typical aromas are sweet lemon candy, honey, ginger, and spice. 

Food Pairing

Pinot Gris will pair well with foie gras, cream sources, grilled vegetables, white and pork meat. Meaty fish and bold cheese like blue mold, like Gorgonzola, and hard cheese, like Pecorino for example. 

Store and Serve

Pinot Gris can age up to 5 years. Serving temperature varies between the off-dry and sweet styles:

  • Off-Dry: serve at 45° – 50° F (7° – 10° C) in a Chardonnay or Viognier glass.

  • Sweet: serve at 43° – 46° F (6° – 8° C) in a Fortified glass.

Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris: Price

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are affordable wines.  The price generally ranges from $10 – $30. Where $10 is usually the IGT Italian style and $30 the Alsatian style.

Our Verdict

By now you should have a good idea of what to expect from three main Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris styles.  

Our recommendation is therefore based on what you’d fancy the most at a particular given moment or event. 

For Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio go for Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige.

For Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio go for Jermann Pinot Grigio 2020.

For Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris go for Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2018.

As always make sure to serve it at the right temperature, as seen above, so that you can enjoy it at its best.

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