Pinot Grigio

Common synonyms: Pinot Gris, “white Pinot Noir,” (but not to be confused with Pinot Blanc, which is another grape entirely), Pinot Beurot (France), Rulander (Germany), Tokay d’Alsace,  

Parentage of the grape: Burgundy as Pinot Gris in the 1300s. 
 
History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Europe, via Alsace, Switzerland and into Germany, eventually making it to Italy, where it was given the name Pinot Grigio. When Phylloxera hit Burgundy, Pinot Gris with its original characteristics was wiped out and the hybrids grafted with American stock to save the vines were never the same quality, so crops were left to mostly die out. But in the Alsace region, Germany and Italy, the hybrids fared much better and the grape was able to thrive. It was brought to Australia in the 1830s by James Busby, who is credited with being the “Father of Australian Wine.” It was eventually brought over to Read more »

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  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2011

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Turkish wines aren’t exactly at the forefront of our collective fine wine ... somewhat reminiscent of good Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay in its tropical fruits and body. Oak, cream, and ripe apples round it out, and it finishes with a pleasantly astringent bite. Turasan Emir 2013 (Cappadocia, $15) Emir is grown in only one spot globally, the Capp... Read More

    From the article What You're Missing: Turkish Wines


  • 90 Cellars Lot 42 Pinot Grigio 2012

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    The 90+ Pinot Grigio is almost transparent in color with just a tinge of white honey. Lovely on the nose with aromas on citrus and calming honeysuckle. This is a happy light wine that surprises as it hits all your tastebuds with a swift pow of melon, pear and tangerine - it's really quite delightful. The finish is smooth and soft. The perfec... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio 2009

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    Light and tasty Read More

    Wine review by montebello8


  • Duck Pond Pinot Grigio Willamette Valley 2007

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    Just had a glass of Duck Pond Pinot Grigio at a restaurant (Beach Café, Kirkland). It was undrinkable. Like tap water with a twist of lemon juice. Server had a new bottle opened which was fresher tasting but still insipidly thin and so dry as to be sour. Read More

    Wine review by willhargr


  • Contadino Pinot Grigio 2013

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    Loved the fizz in this; lovely on its own or paired with pizza or shellfish Read More

    Wine review by LucyNH


  • Anyone who's seen an episode of The Real Housewives of New York can attest ... Ramona Singer howling for Pinot Grigio. Her affections for the bright varietal may be representative of a general female affinity for white wines – minus the cackling. This past week, the United Kingdom's The Telegraph asked, “Does white wine really send women loopy... Read More

    From the article Women and Their White Wine: The Serum of Craziness?


  • It doesn't hurt to have a name like Jean Francois when you're breaking ... ... an Italian wine, Cupcake Pinot Grigio, and when I tasted that one, it was like the grand finale,” Jean Francois said. “I was like, 'I love wine!' I wanted to be taught about different wines.” As for pairings of wine and food, Jean-Francois said there's a big differe... Read More

    From the article NFLer Tackles the Topic of Wine


  • Ck Mondavi Pinot Grigio 2013

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    Wine review by Ennis1


  • It takes one to know one. This past week, 26-year-old German winemaker ... feature a name like “Pinot Grigio,” they are more inclined to buy it.  Australia, she pointed out, is on the opposite end of the spectrum. “Here I think it's really different,” she told ABC. “In Australia they drink their Australian wine, and not wine of other countries... Read More

    From the article Young German Winemaker Mines the Millennial Mind


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