Pinot Grigio (pee-noh-gree-joe) is a light-bodied white wine produced in great quantities, particularly in northern Italy. The wines are most commonly described as dry white wines with relatively high acidity. These characteristics are complemented by aromas of lemon, lime, green apple and blossoms.
Dominant flavors can include Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Yellow Apple, Asian Pear, Peach, Guava, Melon, Nectarine and Green Mango.
Pinot Grigio wine is mainly fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the higher levels of acidity. If the wine is processed in oak barrels it will pick up weight (aka body and fullness) and vanilla flavors. This type of Pinot Grigio is typically more expensive and can age longer, albeit that’s still a pretty short time frame (2-3 years).
Minerally & Dry
This style of Pinot Grigio wine is most famous in the northern parts of Italy and showcases bright citrus notes with some salinity and little fruit.
Fruity & Dry
When produced in warmer climates such as the United States and Australia the wines are fruitier, yet still pretty dry in style.
Fruity & Sweet
The only place in the world that makes a quality sweeter-style Pinot Grigio is in Alsace, France. The flavors of this region showcase flavors of lemon, stone fruit, and honey. Today, Alsace is one of the only regions in the world making a sweet style of Pinot Gris.
Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for Pinot Gris, a white mutation of the Pinot grape family. The grape shares its genetic fingerprint with Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and several other varieties.
Chenin Blanc wine is also known as Steen in South Africa.
Food pairings for Pinot Grigio wine can include Goat Cheese, Garlic Lemon Shrimp, Mussels, Clams Casino, Halibut, Cod, Cheese Souffle, Shellfish or a Spinach Salad.
This wine should be served ice cold and consumed in a white wine glass. It has a shelf life for up to two-years. The average bottle costs about $15.
In many parts of Italy, the Pinot Grigio grape is used to make frizzante (semi-sparkling) or spumante (sparkling) wines like sparkling style, Franciacorta (where Pinot Bianco is allowed). Sparkling Prosecco, can also use up to 15% of Pinot Grigio to blend with 85% of the Glera grape.
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