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Italy: Italian Pinot Grigio

What is Pinot Grigio?
While U.S. consumers have chosen Chardonnay as the nation’s house white, "nuovo" Italians might be accused of having chosen Pinot Grigio as theirs. Pinot Grigio is the Italian synonym for Pinot Gris, a rather neutral white varietal that generally only reaches rarefied heights in Alsace (though it is also being pushed as the next big thing in Oregon). Grown all over northern Italy, Pinot Grigio can be depended on for crisp, high acid, refreshing white wines. The genre’s success has as much to do with marketing as quality, but in the hands of the very best producers Pinot Grigio can offer a measure of complexity—with the telltale varietal aromas of smoke and orange blossom and a weighty, oily texture to the palate. Nonetheless, with all those fancy bottles and print ads to pay for, you are likely to pay rather more for a Pinot Grigio than quality might otherwise dictate. Caveat emptor!

Premier Producers
Hofstätter
Jermann
Alvaro Pecorari
Bernarda Rocca
della Staffa
Terlano (Klaus & Normale)
Villa Frattina
Zemmer
Roberto Zeni (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)


Great Producers
Banolis
Bartolomeo Beato
Borgo Conventi
Concilio
Cosi
Dori Princic
Furlan
Alois Lageder
Maso Poli
Sergio Nardin
Vincentini Orgnani
Soraval
Tiefenbrunner
Torre Rosazza
Villa Brunesca
Villanova
Bottega Vinaia
Elena Walch


Dependable Producers
Albola
Albino Armani
Belmondo
Bollini
Josef Brigl
Campanile
Cantina di Cortaccia
Castello Banfi
Castello di Spessa
Gerardo Cesari
Conte Collalto
Conti Formentini
Fabio Coser
Girolamo Dorigo
Livio Felluga
Eno Friulia
Frescobaldi
Keber
Lagaria
Moletto
Pighin
Plozner
Puiatti
Santa Margherita
Scarlatta
Setten
Tolloy
Tre Viole
Villa del Borgo
Volpe Passini
Zamo & Zamo
Zenato

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