• Matt Day

The Alsatian Pinot Gris vs the Italian Pinot Grigio

The Alsatian styles of Pinot Gris (vs Italian Pinot Grigio), often replicated in New World wine regions such as Marlborough, Tasmania, South Australia, Washington and Oregon tend to have moderate to low acidity, high alcohol levels and an almost "oily" texture that contributes to the full-bodied nature of the wine. Wines are rich with honey and spice perfume allied to an unctuous palate showing peach, apricot, orange blossom, earth and spice character. Full-bodied and powerful Pinot Gris works with strongly flavoured foods especially spicy Chinese or Indian dishes. Can also work well with fatty meats like duck, goose or eel.

Five to try:

  • Morrisons The Best Pinot Gris

  • Brancott Estate Pinot Gris

  • Freeman’s Bay New Zealand Pinot Gris

  • Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel

  • Dry River Pinot Gris

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