Pinot Grigio is one of the fastest growing white wines in the liquor store. It has a clean, crisp, fresh nature that works well as an aperitif or as a companion to a wide range of dishes from seafood and chicken.
Here are my top 10 Pinot Grigio reviews and ratings.
5 Surprising Facts about Pinot Grigio:
1. Pinot Grigio is a white variant-clone of the red grape Pinot Noir. The Italian region of Friuli produces the best Pinot Grigio in a crisp, refreshing style.
Other Italian regions produce it too but it can be over-cropped and taste insipid.
2. Pinot Grigio has delicate floral and citrus aromas such as lemon, lime, pear, melon and green apple.
3. Depending on how they’re made, they can be light- to medium-bodied with a tangy acidity or be more full-bodied with a rich, voluptuous texture. They’re usually made in a bone-dry style, unoaked and unblended.
4. The wine generally has a light straw color that may have a pink or salmon tinge. Pinot Grigio makes a terrific aperitif before a meal, especially when served well chilled to about 12 degrees C.
5. Pair Pinot Grigio with potato salad, liver paté, brie, camembert, chicken tangine, duck, turkey, quiche, Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes, Tex-Mex, risotto with mushrooms, cheese pizza, pork, clam chowder, fried shrimp, clams, oysters, smoked fish, breaded veal cutlets, tomato and mozzarella salad.