I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Well, there really aren’t any, when we are referring to the grapes. One is the name in French while the other is the name in Italian. When it comes to the wines though, there remains some distinction, though that is disappearing as producers seem to be tuning their style towards a price point today, rather than a regional expression.
 
That is not entirely fair of course. There are certainly regional expressions. Pinot Gris from Alsace continues to be richer, spicier and generally sweeter than Pinot Grigio from northern Italy, which historically has always been about crispness, freshness, and juicy fruit. Bottles labeled as Pinot Grigio, regardless of origin, generally had those traits while bottlings using the Pinot Gris nomenclature generally showed more of that Alsatian style. Today that is increasingly not true.