Try Pinot Gris Wine if You Like Chablis or Chenin Blanc.

 

Overview of the Pinot Gris Wine Varietal

A light to medium bodied wine with medium to high acidity. Pinot Gris is an aromatic grape variety that can be made in dry to sweeter styles of wine.

 

How To Pronounce the Grape Pinot Gris: PEE-nō Gree

 

Why We Like Pinot Gris Wine

  • It’s a crowd pleasing wine
  • You can find it just about everywhere

 

Flavours and Aromas of the Pinot Gris Variety

  • Fruit: Apple, Pear, Nectarine, Lemon, Lime, Melon,
  • Spice: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger
  • Floral: Honeysuckle, Blossom
  • Earth: Mineral, Smoke, Mushroom, Wilting Leaves
  • Other: Toffee, Vanilla, Almond (if oaked)

 

Where In The World Does the Pinot Gris Grape Grow?

Classic Pinot Gris Regions

  • Austria
  • France (Alsace)
  • Germany (called Grauburgunder)
  • Hungary,
  • Italy (North West regions)
  • Slovenia

New World Pinot Gris Regions

  • Australia
  • Canada (Okanagan)
  • Hungary
  • New Zealand
  • USA (California, Oregon, Washington)

 

Pinot Gris Wine’s Perfect Food Pairings

  • Cheese (Triple cream, brie)
  • Fish (white fish, shelfish)
  • Salads (especially with citrus / vinaigrette dressings)
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Pork Chops, Ham

Note: medium-bodied, off dry Alsatian styles pair well with sweeter and/or spicy Asian dishes, curries, sweet baked ham and with dishes that have coconut milk.

 

Interesting Facts about Pinot Gris Wine

This white wine is actually made from grapes with a pinky-grey skin colour. Because of this, you may see a slight pink or golden hue to the wine. Sometimes winemakers will leave the skins on the grapes during fermentation so there is some skin contact with the juice, giving the wine a light pink, orange or deep golden colour.

 

Other Names for the Pinot Gris Varietal

Pinot Grigio , Grauburgunder (Germany)

 

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Like Pinot Gris? Try A Similar Grape Variety: Vermentino