What is Pinot Gris?

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Also known as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir and is used makes white wines. It has historically been grown in Alsace, the Alto Adige (foohills of the Italian Alps) and Venezia.

Pinot Gris Characteristics

The grape is quite acidic, and some bone-dry wines have floral aromas that almost give the impression of sweetness. The best examples will age and improve over several years. It can also be made into great late-harvest wines. The varietal likes deep soils and a cool climate.

California Pinot Gris

Many wines made with the grape in California are quite full-bodied. They are known for their mineral notes and soft, rounded flavors. Try these wines with poultry dishes, sliced meats or pate.

What is Pinot Gris?

European Origins

French Pinot Gris is floral and has ripe fruit flavors that can resemble Gewurztraminer. It is grown in the clay soils of the Northern Alsace region. These wines are full-bodied and have rich, buttery flavors. Crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio pairs well with shellfish and sole.