About Pinot Gris White Wine

About Pinot Gris White Wine
Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but when a wine is identified as a Pinot Gris, it is generally a more full-bodied, more complex, more age-worthy wine.

The best examples of Pinot Gris come from Alsace in northeastern France and Oregon. These wines are have excellent weight on the palate, good acidity and ripe apple and pear fruit with a distinct spiciness and a dry finish. Most examples are aged only in steel, but some producers in Alsace will age Pinot Gris in large, older wooden casks, which can add a touch of spice as well as additional texture.

There are also some sweeter versions of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace; these are labeled as vendange tardives or grains nobles.

There are also versions of Pinot Gris from the far northwestern Italian region of Valle d'Aosta as well as from California.

Consume most versions of Pinot Gris at an early age, from two to five years. The finest versions of Alsatian Pinot Gris (from Grand Cru vineyards) can be enjoyed at 15-20 years of age.

Food pairings that work well with Pinot Gris include smoked fish, sushi, Asian cuisine, chicken with cream sauce or veal, pork or poultry with mushrooms.

Top Picks for Pinot Gris

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Pinot Gris
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of brioche, peach, pear, and coconut with a velvety, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of shale and mandarin with no oak flavor. A supple and velvety Pinot Gris with elegant style.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Portlandia 2018  Pinot Gris
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of honeycomb, apricot, white tea, and lime with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long dried pineapple, sweet papaya, minerals, hints of grapefruit zest, and fresh grass finish with no oak flavor. Bright, lengthy, elegant; this generous Willamette Pinot Gris has it all.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Portlandia 2019  Pinot Gris
91 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried pear, honey comb, hints of tea, and honey butter with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy finish that presents shades of nectarine, clementine, and honeydew melon. A crisp and ethereal Pinot Gris that will shine with food.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Duck Pond 2018  Pinot Gris
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Topaz gray color. Aromas of ripe nectarine, honeydew, key lime, white tea, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length Meyer lemon, grapefruit supremes and sliced pineapple in cream finish with no oak flavor. A stylish, buoyant Pinot Gris; understated and elegant.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Portlandia 2020  Pinot Gris
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, potpourri, brie rind, starfruit, and ginger with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of lemon pith, fresh apricot, white peppercorn, sun baked stone, grilled citrus, and flint with no oak flavor. A gorgeously concentrated Pinot Gris for long dinners and conversation.
90 points $16 Best Buy
King Estate 2017  Pinot Gris
90 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, ripe pears, and golden delicious apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A softly textured Pinot Gris with nice food-friendly acidity.
Seattle Fish Company NV  Pinot Gris
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, white peach, lychee, white strawberry, and honeysuckle with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. Bold, elegant fruit stars in this friendly and crisp Pinot Gris.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Waipapa Bay 2019  Pinot Gris
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples, honey, lemon curd, and pineapple upside down cake with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying nuances of pressed flowers and orange zest with no oak flavor. A smooth, fruity and full-bodied Pinot Gris.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'
88 points $14 Best Buy
Waipapa Bay 2019  Pinot Gris
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried flowers, crystalized pineapple, and banana with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, captivating, medium-length finish with impressions of yuzu, papaya and water crackers. A light and balanced Pinot Gris; perfect for pairing.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2018  Pinot Gris
88 points
$20
Straw color. Aromas of fuji apple, pear nectar, melon, and creme fraiche with a velvety, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length orchard fruit pips finish. A velvety-smooth Pinot Gris to pair with sweet and spicy East Asian dishes.