What is Pinot Grigio?
Pinot Grigio is a wine made from a grayish blue grape. Pinot Grigio (Italian) and Pinot Gris (French) are actually the same wine. (INTERESTING FACT: “Gris” means gray in French.) It is typically a light to medium bodied wine that is dry and crisp, and should be consumed young. It is the most popular white wine in Italy, and is produced mainly out of the northeastern regions there. Both Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are planted in almost every wine region; however, higher producing areas include France, Oregon, and California.
Style of Pinot Grigio
There are some differences between the Italian style of Pinot Grigio, and the French style of Pinot Gris. Italian Pinot Grigio tends to be more light bodied, crisp, and fresh. French Pinot Gris has a fuller body with a bit of spice, and is almost oily. This is due to the Pinot Gris grape being picked when it is riper. The color of the wines can be straw-like yellow, pale, and with golden hues.
Aromas & Flavors
Pinot Grigio’s typical aromas are apple, pear, lemon, mineral, almond and, when produced in warmer climates, apricot and peach. Flavors include apple, pear, melon, lemon, and apricots.
Pinot Grigio pairs well with shellfish, seafood, raw oysters, and quiche when it is at its lightest, and chicken and pate when it’s at a more medium body. Light pastas, and fresh herbs and vegetables generally work. It is the most versatile wine to use while cooking, especially when making seafood. Cheeses like Manchego, Gruyere, and Muenster are good to consider when drinking Pinot Grigio.
ABV & Calorie Count
The typical alcohol by volume (ABV) content of Pinot Grigio is 12.5% to 13.5%. The typical calorie count is around 123 calories for a 5 ounce glass.