In the world of wine heartthrobs, Pinot Gris doesn’t generally boast a throng of superfans. The clone of Pinot Noir has gotten a bad rap from its most ubiquitous examples, which tend to be bulk-produced and rather blah. But given a little care, there are examples of Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio (same grape, different vibes) which can express surprisingly different styles and quality levels — some that might even snag the attention of other white grape devotees.
Colle Corviano Pinot Grigio
Though it’s grown throughout Italy, we don’t see many Pinot Grigios from Southern Italy in the US. Judging by Colle Corviano’s PG from Abruzzo, this is a dang shame. The style is super accessible for most white wine drinkers, especially Chard-heads, with an aromatic nose of orchard fruit and white peach, and a round, plush mouthfeel that’s fantastic with food.
Libretto Pinot Gris
This wine often stuns our customers. Though it’s from the Columbia Valley in Washington, the aromatics in this bottle flirt with the crown jewel style of Alsacian Pinot Gris. Beautiful florals on the nose support lush notes of peach, apricot, baked pear, and a hint of ripe melon. If you’ve been so bold as to get behind Torrontes or off-dry Riesling, say hello to you new favorite weekday wine.
90+ Trentino Pinot Grigio
A classic Northern Italian Pinot Grigio, this wine is all about clean, bright acid and delicate fruit — perfect for crisp white fans. The grapes are hand-harvested in the Alpine Pinot Grigio heartland of Trentino, where the cool climate showcases the grape’s potential for freshness and minerality. A light, pretty nose of white flowers and sliced yellow apple opens to a medium body with flavors of apple, pear, lemon oil, and almond butter.
Enjoy these wines anytime, from any of our Top Ten Locations.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Lead Top Ten Liquors Roseville