Pinot Grigio is one of the lighter white wines available. It’s slightly citrusy, with hints of apple and flowers. It’s also low in alcohol, crisp, and clean.
Avoid paying too much for this wine. Most Pinot Grigio brands do not offer a lot of depth or flavour, so why pay big bucks for something that is refreshing, but simple. While every region makes their own version of Pinot Grigio, I tend to stick to Italian producers. By no means are they the best, it’s simply more of a style that seems to be the biggest crowd pleaser. You may also see Pinot Grigio referred to as Pinot Gris. They are the same grape, and the same wine, Pinot Gris is just produced in different regions like Oregon and France.
When to drink Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a good starter wine before dinner. Much like a ‘light beer’, Pinot Grigio is relatively neutral, and effective at putting you in the mood to dine. I like to think of it as a wine for lighthearted times.
Enjoy Pinot Grigio with simple Salads. As Pinot Grigio is rather neutral, it will pair well with down to earth foods like garden salads or summer salads.
Pinot Grigio goes well with seafood. Simply prepared seafood dishes, and lighter fish dishes go great with Pinot Grigio. The flavours of this wine are rather delicate so you want to pair Pinot Grigio up with lighter and less ‘fishy’ fish such as Halibut, Pickerel, Sole, or Trout. This wine is also fantastic with shellfish and scallops provided they are not in heavier sauces.
Pinot Grigio is perfect for gatherings amongst friends or family during the summer months.
Most people aren’t going to care what white wine they drink at a gathering as long as it’s cold, and has a pleasant flavour. Pinot Grigio falls precisely into this category. While it won’t persuade anyone that it’s the best wine they’ve ever had, it won’t offend anyone either.
Pinot Grigio is perfect for making ‘Spritzers’. A spritzer is half soda water, half white wine, a few ice cubes and a squeeze of lemon. It’s a splendid beverage for people who don’t want to consume too much alcohol or who just want a light drink on a lazy afternoon.
Common Flavours of Pinot Grigio:
Lemon, Lime, Melon, Pear, Honeysuckle, Stone, Lemongrass, Green Apple, Pear, Pineapple, Peach, Flint, Honey
Notable Producers of Pinot Grigio:
Pinot Grigio Goes Great With:
- Ethiopian Cuisine
- Fish and Chips
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Vegetarian Cuisine
- Hot Dogs
- Pasta Primavera
- Smoked Salmon