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Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris

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Definition: Italy's most popular white wine is produced from the * Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris grape varietal. This wine hails from the northeast region of Veneto and Friuli. A light, crisp white wine that is intended to be consumed early on.

Flavor Profile Pinot Grigio flavors can range from melon to pear and some even offer a subtle tropical or citrus fruit, often there is a honey or smoky flavor component as well. As for color, Pinot Grigio is typically a pale, straw-like yellow with some golden hues thrown in. The texture of a Pinot Grigio is worth noting, as it has very smooth, almost silk-like overtones that leave an impression on the palate.

Food Pairing

Pinot Grigio pairs nicely with seafood, light pastas and cheese cracker combinations. Since this wine is fairly acidic itself, avoid pairing with foods that have high acid contents, like citrus fruits or tomato-based recipes.

Key Producers to Try

Stella

Hogue

Stone Wolf

St. Michael-Eppan

Chehalem

Bethel Heights

Eyrie Vineyards

* Pinot Grigio is a leaner styled white wine in Italy. Pinot Gris as made in France, Germany, California, Oregon and other New World arenas tend to be more full-bodied, with a certain opulence, almost oily tinges added to the wine's texture and delivery.

Pronunciation: Pee-noh Gree-Jhee-oh or Pee-noh Gree-Jhoh / Pee-noh Gree
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