Very few producers can compete with the value version of Pinot Grigio from Italy, though most that do can only manage a modicum of flavor and interest from their grapes. Surprisingly, Oregon is doing a fine job of challenging the big boys at these price points.
Duck Pond produces a very nice Pinot Grigio-style Pinot Gris in Oregon for only $13 or so. It’s a light wine that is given some added textural and aromatic complexity through skin contact before fermentation. It’s a lovely little wine that is interesting while being fresh. This is worth trying and will show what artisanal production can do to an otherwise simple wine.