Pinot Grigio is the common Italian name for the French variety Pinot Gris. It is thought to have originated from a mutation of Pinot Noir in Burgundy during the 14th century. It migrated to Alsace and later to Italy. Today it is one of the most popular white wines in northeastern USA. Plantings throughout Australia have increased in recent years.
The wine is well balanced between fruitiness and acidity. The flavour is distinctive, complex crisp and lively. Crisp green apple and pear give it a nice crunchy texture.
Pinot Grigio has an easy to please flexibility when it comes to pairing with food. The forward fruit characters are flavoursome but a not too weighty palate means that it comfortably soaks up a range of cuisines. It becomes a wine that you could drink before a meal and during a meal, particularly lunch. If you’re searing some seafood or tossing a Thai beef salad together, Pinot Grigio would be the perfect match.