Pinot Gris/Grigio

A grape probably of Burgundian origins (it is believed to be a close relative of pinot noir), pinot gris is a major grape in France's Alsace region and, as pinot grigio, is found in many parts of Italy, and especially the northeastern regions of Alto Adige and Friuli. It is widely grown elsewhere, under both versions of its name, in countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, South Africa, and Switzerland, and is increasingly popular in California and Oregon. The grape is capable of producing vastly different styles of wine, from rich, flowery Alsatian entries to medium-bodied, aromatic wines in Oregon and California, to light, crisp versions from Italy.

Serve With

Clams and oysters, grilled or roasted white-fleshed fish, mild chicken or veal dishes, pasta with vegetables, seafood pizza (for richer pinot gris in the Alsatian style, smoked fish, choucroute, tarte flambée, and pungent cheeses).