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The Burning Question: The Difference Between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris

From: Deeanna
Sent on: Friday, September 16, 2011 3:55 PM

Hi Wine Lovers,

I just bought a new wine book and thought I'd share a fact from it that I had wondered about.

What's the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?

Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the grape the French call Pinot Gris. The two countries produce very different styles of wine, and producers of the grape from around the world have adopted one name or the other to define their own style. Pinot Grigio has become synonymous with the light, refreshing style, no matter where it is made. If the label says Pinot Gris, as in Alsace, the wine will be more complex and intense, with highter alcohol and such intensity of flavor and density in the mouth that it may be too much even for Chardonnay drinkers.

So there you have it.

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