Pinot Gris/Grigio

Pinot grigio and pinot gris may be the same grape, but their styles are completely different. In northeast Italy, it is called pinot grigio and is harvested early in order to produce a white wine that is fairly light, crisp and easy to drink. In France, it goes by pinot gris with the finest examples coming from the northerly region of Alsace. Here the wines are richer, rounder with more body and a honeyed character. It’s also gaining ground in other cooler climate regions, including Canada, Oregon, Austria and New Zealand. I always pay attention to how the grape is labeled on the bottle as this is a good clue to its flavour profile. The “Best in Class” L’Ora pinot grigio 2016 is a classic Italian style that is light and refreshing with hints of minerals, citrus and pear. Laurie MacKay


L’Ora 2016 Pinot Grigio
Alto Adige, Italy
$16-18 CSPC 786344







Monteci 2015 Pinot Grigio della Venezie
Valpolicella, Italy
$13-14 CSPC 789674







Santa Margherita 2016 Pinot Grigio
Valle dell’ Adige, Italy
$16-18 CSPC 106450






Tinhorn Creek 2016 Pinot Gris
Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia
$20-22 CSPC 530683






Hengst 2008 Grand Cru Pinot Gris
Alsace, France
$36 CSPC 752736






Dirty Laundry 2016 Say Yes Pinot Gris
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$21-23 CSPC 225995






Alois Lageder 2015 Pinot Grigio Dolomit
Alto Adige, Italy
$20-21 CSPC 412494






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