The History of Pinot Grigio Wine, Plus Food Pairing and a Tasting List.
Most people believe Pinot Gris / Grigio wine is an Italian Wine, but it actually started in Burgundy and was known as Fromenteau. By the 1300’s Pinot Grigio wine had made its way to Switzerland, where it was favored by Emperor Charles IV. Eventually finding its way to Italy, where it became known as Pinot Grigio.
The Gris / Grigio grape is a close relative to the Pinot Noir. Usually, having a gray-blue skin, but may also have a white or a brownish-pink skin. The words Pinot and Gris /Grigio translate to pinecone and gray. The word pinecone is most likely used because the grapes grow in pinecone-shaped clusters. In Germany, the grape is called Rulander.
Pinot Grigio wine style
Once in Italy, it became a successful Italian wine, especially in the Northeastern regions. Eventually, the grape vines made their way to North America in 1966, when David Lett planted them at Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon. Today, Pinot Grigio wine is grown all over the world. This Italian style wine has become the most popularly imported wine in the United States.
There are three main types of the Pinot Grigio wine style; minerally/dry, fruity/dry, as well as fruity/sweet (Alsatian Pinot Grigio wine style). When selecting food to compliment your Italian wine, certain types of food pair best with specific styles of Pinot Grigio wine. The lighter, drier wines match well with seafood and shellfish that is less sauced and seasoned. The dryer wines pair well with heavier and richer foods, such as veal with light sauces, egg or spring rolls, savory salads, and seafood with butter sauce.
A Simple List of the Pinot Grigio wine style For You To Try.
2015 Domaine Pinot Gris – King Estate, Willamette Valley, California.
2015 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Grigio – Robert Renzoni, Temecula Valley, California.
2015 Pinot Gris, Dr. Konstantin Frank – Finger Lakes, New York.
2015 Pinot Gris – Sagelands, Columbia Valley, Washington.
2014 The Long Paddock Pinot Grigio – Redbank, Victoria, Australia.
2014 Domaine de la Treille Pinot Gris – Les Frères Dutruy Winery, Switzerland.
2015 Reserve Pinot Gris – Domaine Bousquet, Tupungato, Argentina.
2011 Cave de Cleebourg Pinot Gris – Alsace, France.
Synonyms: Pinot Gris.
Food matches for Pinot Grigio include:
Goat cheese, rocket & walnut salad
Crispy garlic and chili prawns
Grilled green-lipped mussels