Pinot Grigio, the classic white wine from Italy

Produced from delicate, light-bodied Pinot Gris grapes, Pinot Grigio is an exotic white wine grown in Italy’s northern Pinot Grigio wine regions of Lombardy. A light, expressive wine with a sharp citrusy acidity, Pinot Grigio is often considered the archetype of white wine around the world.

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The Composition of a Classic Pinot Grigio

A carefully selected combination of green apples, lemons, peaches, white nectarines, and pears form the fruity backdrop for Pinot Grigio wine characteristics. This wine’s uniquely saline taste exhibits hints of several spices and berries, such as honeysuckle, clove, ginger, and almond. A typical Pinot Grigio is lighter than its French and American cousins, with 10 to 12.5 percent alcohol. Modern Pinot Grigio is fermented and stored in steel tanks, preventing a ’softening’ of the wine’s flavour by malolactic fermentation. The resultant flavour is almost entirely devoid of sluggishness and is, instead, sharply refreshing, accentuating any fruity or spicy overtones.

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Pinot Grigio and food pairings

Pinot Grigio food pairings include several types of cheeses, including Gruyère and especially Grana Padano — a delicious hard cheese that shares its origins with Pinot Grigio in the Lombardy region. Its mildly saline tones and citrusy flavour make this wine an ideal complement to any form of Mediterranean seafood, such as salmon and tuna, and it is a standard accompaniment to any Mediterranean fish salad. The wine also holds up exceptionally well when accompanying oriental cuisine, thanks to its dry acidity, which lends a touch of Italian zest to the spiciness of a curry or a sushi dish.

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The complex flavours of Pinot Grigio

A significant part of the enduring appeal of Pinot Grigio wine is in its complexity of aroma and flavour. A traditional Italian Pinot Grigio possesses a strong fruity flavour with a moderately saline flavour that is complemented by the high acidity, which owes its presence to the effect of the cool mountain air rushing down from the Alps. Pinot Grigio wine flavours feature several delightfully exotic fruit overtones, including Mirabelle prune, almond, and the aromatic sweetness of aniseed. A versatile white wine, its woody and toasted notes give it a universal appeal.