Drink Me: Pinot Gris


I can’t lie, I stole this title idea from my grapefriend. But I also like how it rhymes. And I’m also here to tell you, it’s summer and you should be drinking Pinot Gris!

Pinot Gris is often forgotten. When my friend Stacy and I enjoy wine together, it’s almost always red. However, when I saw it on a menu when the two of us dined at the Redwood Room this weekend {stay tuned tomorrow!}, I asked for a taste.

Oh, Pinot Gris, how did I forget you?!

This little beauty was so good, we ordered a bottle. I usually think that most of the more affordable bottles in a restaurant are mediocre… at best. This wine is an exception! We were pleasantly surprised.

Four Graces Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-met, damn it!}, Oregon

Four Graces Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-it, damn it!}, Oregon

So what’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Well, they are actually the same grape. It’s just called Pinot Gris in French and Pinot Grigio in Italian.

However, the style of wine is usually different. Pinot Grigios from Italy are light, crisp and acidic with lots of citrus notes. The Pinot Gris I drink from France tend to be rounder, less acidic with more fruit and floral notes shining through. Some of that is due to the cooler climate – the terroir, if you will.

In the wine world, Pinot Gris/Grigio is oftened labeled in other regions according to the traditional style it is most like. Many in California are labeled Pinot Grigio, while those in the cooler, northern state of Oregon are labeled Pinot Gris. Winemakers can still label Pinots as they wish, but I’ve found this is a good indicator when you are looking for the style you like!

I have been reunited with my love of Pinot Gris – a perfect summer white wine!

If you’ve had both, which style do you prefer? Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio?

What’s your favorite summer white wine {or other refreshing beverage}?



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