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The Recipient

The Recipient
2016 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .01%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
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The Recipient
2016 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .01%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach skin, hint of olive, pickled lemon, and grass with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of apple and citrus relish and honeyed peach with no oak flavor. A round and savory pinot that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Non-Oaky, Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: peach skin, hint of olive, pickled lemon, and grass
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of apple and citrus relish and honeyed peach
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Shrimp Cocktail , Oysters Rockefeller, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A round and savory pinot that will shine at the table.

The Importer

WX Brands

The Importer
500 Redwood Blvd, Ste 200
Novato, CA 94947
USA
1 415-382-6900

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Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.