Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pinot Gris' That Always Please!

Maybe you already know that Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are one in the same. Although they are the same grape, there is a difference in the taste because of the different countries and terroir in which they are grown and produced.  Whatever you want to call it, it's famous for it refreshing citrus flavor and zesty acidity. The flavors in this wine are lime, lemon, pear, white nectarine and apple. Pinot Grigio often tastes less sweet than Chardonnay because of the acidity, except for cheap supermarket versions.

Here are some Pinot Grigio's or Pinot Gris we have had:

2012 Graffigna Centenario ($12) This is an Argentinian wine, bright clear gold, with hints of jasmine and notes of white fruits like peach and apricot. Very nice!

2012 Seghesio Pinot Grigio ($22) Don took me to this tasting room in Healdsburg because he wanted me to taste their wines. They are fabulous! Click on the name for tasting notes. It's worth the trip and the price.

2012 Maso Canali Pinot Grigio ($17) This Italian wine is one Don and I picked up at our local Eat Zi's one evening for dinner. We love to walk over there, pick up dinner, and take it home or eat out on their patio. This Pinot has a nose of peach and a hint of honey. Flavors of lemon and fresh apple, with floral notes. Nice dinner wine.

2011 Childress Vineyards Pinot Gris ($19) I tried this in North Carolina when I visited my friend Linda this past April. We really loved it! Very refreshing, crisp and clean with flavors of Bartlett pears and mild spice.

2012 Coppola Pinot Grigio ($15) I had this one with my daughter in Bakersfield before she moved to STL. Intense floral aromas with cool melon and tropical fruit. A light crisp mouthful.

That's all for Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris!