I think Pinot Grigio has been given a bum rap. It’s not often that you will find it on the wine list of a fancy restaurant, and wine snobs might straight up slap you in the face if you ask them about it. However, I don’t believe you should view Pinot Grigio as wine with less quality at all. I am a big white wine drinker, and Pinot Grigio is my favorite dry white wine. I think you should buy cases of the stuff, and here is why.
Pinot Grigio (or as the French call it, Pinot Gris) is a delicious dry, crisp white wine. It’s typically a lighter bodied, fresh wine that is extremely drinkable. I enjoy white wines that are fruity and citrusy, and Pinot Grigio is it with lemon, apple, and pear flavors. God, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. It’s a great wine for warmer weather, but I drink it year round. If I am out to dinner on a snowy evening, I’ll order a Pinot Grigio if it’s on the menu. I do what I want. But that doesn’t mean I don’t highly enjoy taking a bottle out, and spending a sunny afternoon on the patio. (Friends can be there or not. I don’t mind just leashing up the cat, and drinking some glasses by myself. A leashed cat walking around is very entertaining.)
It’s a very affordable dry white wine, with many good bottles coming in under $20. This is really important when you drink a few-ish glasses of wine in one sitting like I do. (What does “few-ish” mean? Anywhere from 0 to 6. I’ll never tell.) Also, if you’re one of those people that enjoys cooking your own food (I think you use something called a stove or oven to do that?), Pinot Grigio is the most versatile dry white wine to use for that (particularly when cooking seafood.) It’s not highly alcoholic, which is good for when I want to drink my few-ish glasses. I don’t get too worried about drinking a bunch of it, and waking up in the kitchen sink or something like that. Pinot Grigio nights are usually pretty tame.
So, if you are looking for an excellent dry white wine to get into, think about Pinot Grigio. If you are looking for some recommendations, here are some good ones to try out.
2013 A to Z Pinot Gris – around $14
Pinot Gris Vitae Springs 2012 – around $29
2013 14 Hands Pinot Gris – around $12
2013 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Sudtirol – around $15