Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio: The Denim of White Wine

Pinot Gris is the wine world’s answer to denim. Sipping a glass of easy-drinking, affordable Pinot Gris is like throwing on your favorite well-worn pair of jeans. Both are about kicking back and getting comfortable.

Core Words for Pinot Grigio:

  • Dry: Most bottlings of Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are considered dry though wines labeled Pinot Gris often sport a whisper of sweetness. It’s not that sugar is added to the wine as many people think, rather that a little of the sweet grape juice was left unfermented during the making of the wine. The wines won’t taste sweet like some Rieslings, for example, but will be juicy and fruity.
  • Crisp or Smooth: When grapes are grown in cool climates or harvested earlier as they often are in northern Italy, the wine tastes crisp and vibrant. If the grapes are grown in a warmer climate such as Alsace or Oregon, the acidity is lower and the final wine tends tastes softer and smoother.
  • Light and Medium-Bodied: Pinot Grigios tend to be lighter-bodied and Pinot Gris medium-bodied. In Alsace, however, the Pinot Gris can be so full and fleshy it almost needs a girdle to contain itself.

Here’s one of our favorite appetizers to pair with Pinot Grigio:

Figs and Goat Cheese: Cut fresh figs in half. Place face up on cookie sheet top each fig half with a dollop of goat cheese. Broil just until bubbly. Squeeze a dash of lemon juice on top and sprinkle with salt and cracked black pepper. Serve as finger food at room temperature.

What are your suggestions for appetizers that go well with Pinot Grigio?

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