Welcome to Vine to Wine this is your host Linda Moran. Every so often I realize that the confusion between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio is continuing to create question for wine lovers. Let's talk about it today and see if we can't clear up some of the confusion.
The confusion over the differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio can be simplified by the explanation that Pinot Girigio is the pronunciation for Pinot Gris in Italian. When the name is used on the label of wines from countries outside of Italy, I operate on the assumption that the wine is made in the Italian style - lighter very crisp and dry. Where as the term Pinot Gris is the French pronunciation and when used outside of France is likely created more in the style of Alsace. That wine I would think would be richer, fuller body and more fruit forward as compared to the Italian style. Now I am not sayong that every producer will hold to this concept as sometimes the naming of the wines comes from the marketing department and not in cooperation with the wine maker. But for the most part I use that as my benchmark for the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Remember to send your wine questions to Linda at vine to wine dot net and thank you for joining me on today's Vine to Wine.