Spring Wine Tip
Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris
Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape variety. Pinot Grigio is the Italian spelling and pronunciation and Pinot Gris is the French version. The difference is often the style. Pinot Grigio is usually picked less ripe so the finished wine is crisp and refreshing. Pinot Gris is usually picked a little riper so the grapes have more fermentable sugars, making a wine that is more full with more tropical flavors.
Pinot Bianco & Pinot Blanc
Just like Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Blanc are the same grape variety, just different spellings. Pinot Blanc is a mutant of Pinot Gris which is a descendant of Pinot Noir, the grapes having mutated hundreds of years ago. Pinot Blanc is grown in Alsace, France and in small pockets around the world. It is often grown in the vineyards of Burgundy and can be used as part of the blend to make the great chardonnay based wines of the region.
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