Pinot Grigio Quick Facts
Other Names . . . Pinot Gris (French)
Grape . . . Pinot Gris
Name Origin . . . “Pinot” comes from the French word for “pine cone”, because the grape clusters look like pine cones. “Gris” means “gray” in French, because of it’s grayish skin color.
Where It’s Grown . . . Italy, United States, Germany, Australia, France and New Zealand
Color . . . Ranges from a greenish-yellow to a deep golden yellow straw color.
Serving Temperature . . . Serve ice cold at about 45° F
Storage Temperature . . . Store in your refrigerator 50° F and chill for a few minutes in the freezer before serving if needed
Wine Glass . . . A standard white wine glass with a smaller bowl and mouth. Here’s an example.
Best Used By . . . Drink within five years of the vintage date on the bottle.
Tastes to Expect . . . Citrusy flavors such as lemons and limes with notes of other fruits such as fresh apples, peaches and pears.
Pairing . . . Because of it’s acidity, Pinot Grigio pairs really well with light and fresh meats and vegetables. Fish (even raw), turkey, chicken, shellfish to parsley, fennel, chives and cinnamon dishes.
How to Pronounce Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris
Pinot Grigio Fun Facts
Even though Pinot Grigio is a white wine it’s made with Pinot Gris, a red grape. It’s made white by discarding the thin skins and pressing just the juice inside.
Although made from the same grape, Pinot Grigio wine is produced in Italy and the United States while Pinot Gris wine is made in France.