Pinot Grigio/Gris

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One of the hottest white wines in the world right now is Pinot Grigio from northern Italy. It’s light, fresh, crisp, fruity, floral, minerally, sometimes spritzy, unoaked, and extremely easy-drinking. A great aperitif, it’s divine with fish, seafood, poultry, soft young cheese and tomato-based dishes. The same grape called Pinot Gris is produced in Alsace, France. If you taste them side-by-side, you’ll certainly see similarities, however, the Alsatian version is quite different. It tends to be fuller, more alcoholic, spicier and often oak treated. Because, it’s bigger, it works better with richer foods, especially those in cream sauces, smoky fare and buttery cheeses. Both good, it’s interesting to see how they differ because of terroir and winemaking style.

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