Pairing Pinot Gris

5 delicious ways to pair with this light and crisp wine


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Pairing Pinot Gris The Pinot grape is something of a chameleon and not just because of the variety of colors it can be found in.  Pinot Gris, a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape, can be found around the world and in a number of different expressions from crisp to velvety and from dry to sweet.

The average consumer knows Pinot Gris very well but usually as Pinot Grigio, an often easy-drinking white from northeastern Italy. In this part of the world, it’s a wine that pairs well with a variety of foods and nearly anything from the sea, all the while showing its crisp, sweet fruit flavors, brisk acidity and quaffable personality. However, in other parts of the world, such as Alsace, France, Pinot Gris shakes off its light heart and dons a shroud of structure and spice. We’re talking about serious wines that can sometimes require time in the cellar to fully express their potential.

When it comes to Pinot Gris, it’s important to know what you’re buying because each style opens a whole new variety of food pairing ideas and roadblocks. In the last few weeks, I’ve tasted Pinot Gris from Italy, France, Oregon, California and even delved into “orange” style wines (which often use Pinot Gris). In each case, I have been pairing them with a variety of recipes to find what pairs best.

What I’ve learned is that Pinot Gris is well worth my attention and yours as well. This is not just a light-hearted wine from Northern Italy.

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  • Smoky and savoury combined with Alsace Pinot Gris is an inspired choice and while more aveyron style, pays homage to the Alsace regions' excellence in smoked pig products. Fricassee of lamb sweetbreads with field mushrooms and spaetzle egg noodles was a great combo with a local pinot gris one lunchtime in Kaysersberg June 2011. We find Pinot Gris d Alsace will cope even with gentle, oven roasted lamd

    Aug 28, 2012 at 7:12 AM


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