Wine Flair’s Wine of the Week, Beyond Broke Road Pinot Gris 2018, is probably one that creates a little confusion. That’s because Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape, genetically. So why the name difference? And what’s the difference between the wines?
Well, and I’m going to generalize here: the main differences are where the grapes are grown (typically Italy and France), when they’re harvested, and the styles of the wine. Pinot Grigio grapes are often harvested earlier, rendering the juice more acidic, more austere, with less fruit and producing lighter-bodied wine.
Wines designated Pinot Gris (the grape originated in Burgundy, France and was then brought to Italy) by contrast, then, tend to be richer, more flavorful, heavier-bodied, and sometimes a bit higher in alcohol, due to their higher sugar content when harvested. And some of them even get some contact with the skins after the grapes are crushed, something that almost never happens with white wines, expect in the new-ish, so-called “Orange Wines.”
You’re probably much more familiar with Pinot Grigio, due to the fact that Santa Margherita’s version, last time I checked, was one of, if not the, most popular imported wines in the United States. And while I try to raise up and not criticize many wines, I’d skip it. It’s rather thin, very dry, and not exactly high on flavor. It’s also too expensive for what you get, often retailing at $25 and costing maybe $60 in a restaurant. In many ways, though, it’s an “ideal” wine for some, precisely because it’s pretty nondescript and therefore doesn’t “offend” the palate.
Either way, have some fun, try both styles, and see what you think!
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