A Wine Cellar guide to Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Pinot Gris is a white grape with a greyish / pink skin and is thought to be a mutant clone of Pinot Noir. It produces richly textured wines with high alcohol, moderate acidity, minerality and ripe, exotic fruit and is particularly successful in Alsace, France. It is known as Pinot Grigio in Italy, where they adopt a very different approach, harvesting it earlier for lighter, leaner wines. The Pinot Grigio style has become hugely fashionable throughout the world. And although quality examples do exist, the vast majority of Pinot Grigio-style wines are relatively diluted and neutral.