Pinot Grigio is the same grape as Pinot Gris, but how similar are the wines?
What is it famous for?
For the first part of the 21st century, Pinot Grigio was the grape responsible for the world’s favourite white wine, and it is easy to see why it is attractive. Fresh and soft, it is just so easy and approachable.
Where does it grow?
It grows in many regions of Italy, but it is also grown widely in Alsace (France), alongside Riesling and Gewürztraminer, where it is known as Pinot Gris. It is so-called because its skin has a slightly grey-pink tinge to it.
It grows in many regions of Italy, but it is also grown widely in Alsace.
What does it taste like?
Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are like chalk and cheese! Both are usually unoaked but Pinot Grigio is restrained, light, fresh and crisp whereas Pinot Gris can produce quite characterful, aromatic and spicy wine.
Tastes great with:
Drink Pinot Grigio on its own or with light salads and seafood. Pinot Gris can match with quite rich and spicy foods.
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