The Differences Between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio

The Differences Between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio

  1. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are in fact the exact same grape variety. It is a white grape, with a grayish / brownish pink skin (hence the name gris, or gray, in French).
  2. The grape originated in France and is from the Burgundian Pinot Family.
  3. In France the grape is known as a Pinot Gris and in Italy it is known as a Pinot Grigio.
  4. While French in origin, the Italians brought fame and global recognition to the variety.
  5. Pinot Grigio Wines are typically lighter bodied, fresh, crisp, and have vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas with a touch of spice.
  6. Pinot Gris wines are full-bodied, richer, spicier, more viscous in texture, and have greater ageing potential.
  7. Pinot Gris also manifests itself in late harvest botrytis styles such as Vendages Tardives (VT) and the intensely rich, sweet and rare Sélection de Grains Noble (SGN).
  8. Pinot Grigio is for easy-drinking and early consumption.
  9. Pinot Grigio is lighter and suited for enjoying with lighter dishes such as grilled shrimp, fish or light appetizers.
  10. Pinot Gris works with heartier foods, such as a veal chop, rabbit stew, roast port, chicken casseroles as well as hard cheeses.

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