Whatever you think about Pinot Grigio, there’s probably one out there waiting to surprise you. This ubiquitous staple, whether appearing on a gazillion wine lists, or in virtually every episode of the Real Housewives of New York City, remains a bit misunderstood at best and totally ignored at worst.

Yes there are some pretty innocuous examples floating around and the truth is that there is a heck of a lot of downright crappy Pinot Grigio available in the marketplace, but that is simply a sign of success. Imitators flock to the scene, usually trying to cash in on a fad with their inferior and unknown products that sell for a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Now that’s not to say that there are no great values in Pinot Grigio, because frankly there are. From where, you may ask? Well from pretty much everywhere that has a serious Pinot Grigio production. That list of course includes Italy and France, but Oregon is probably a close third in many ways and we would be doing a great disservice to California if it weren’t included in this list. Why even Australia, Chile and Argentina are prolific producers of this particular Pinot.

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