Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio{Pee-noh Gree-joe} is a white wine grape variety, which is a sibling of the Pinot grape. Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are almost the same grape, although there are few characteristics that makes them different. One of the main differences is the location in which they are produced, in France it is called Pinot Gris, it is mostly found in the region of Alsace and in Italy they call it Pinot Grigio. The difference in alcohol is another way to differentiate them, in Italy the wines are light-body and in France full-body.

Pinot Grigio, famed for making an innocuous white wine, can actually be quite interesting, especially if the juice is left in contact with the skins for an extended period of time as Todd Hamina does at Biggio Hamina in Oregon. Extended Maceration, cold stabilization and more are discussed.

Italy

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Candid Wines offers the Pinot Nero and Pinot Grigio from Terre di Gioia.  Both are surprisingly clean examples of the grape that are made without oak barrels and heavy handed winemaking.

Pinot Grigio

Color of grape green
Species Vitis Vinifera
Origin Burgundy France
Most common in France, Italy
Phonetic pronunciation Pee-noh Gree-joe