Too often we think of wine as the obvious presence at every event that engages our life. We pay a good deal of attention on how to present and serve it, and how to enjoy every drop of it. No matter what it said, wine brings people together. Its uplifting spirit brings people happiness and elevates their feeling of well-being. And no other wine can do better than pinot noir. True to its nature, pinot noir grape is abundant and soulful yet a bit unsteady one.
Obviously, Pinot Noir is the head of the family, and many of wine wonders like its offspring, Pinot Gris, which in Italy goes by the name Pinot Grigio. Gris and Grigio, if one might wonder, both mean “gray”. It gets its “gray” mark because of the fruit skin that could be gray or brownish pink. However, the same vine area can accommodate bunches of fruits with different colors, which is somewhat unique in itself. What distinguishes these drops from others is that as the grapes mature, the sweetness level dwells instead of concentrate. That defines the crisp and dry characteristics of these wines. Beyond the fact that both wines are white (blanc/bianco), there is a lot more that sets them apart than one might think.
Pinot Grigio is a wine of a strong character and a passionate interest. With its delicate allure, the body of this wine never fails to impress. Light, spritzy, fashioning a delicate lemon distinction, Pinot Grigio captures and perhaps recaptures the attention of those who know its wisdom. Alto Adige Region of Italy Pinot Grigio found its home, at the foothills of the magnificent Alps. The chilly climate complemented by the higher altitude plays a defining role in the process of balancing natural acids, floral aromas and crispness of the Pinot Grigio wine. Its delicate character is not in favor of oak treatment; therefore, Pinot Grigio would probably be served early to certain its freshness.
Pinot Gris is a stylish white wine with a strong personality which makes it distinguish from its siblings Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. A brownish – pink assortment, it is converted through the process of fermentation into white wine and bears a heavy-oily texture yet delicate aroma, well balanced and tremendously versatile. Sweet and dry and sometimes both, Alsatian Pinot Gris, have been always loved for their mysteriously combinations of strength and clarity. Moreover, Pinot Gris is a drop that evolved quite noticeably into the world showing its contradictory nature of this intriguing grape, the ying and yang of its feminine graciousness matched by its far from obvious confident spirit.
There are differences between these two styles, which cannot go unnoticed, and lots of overlapping, as well. The name is a well indication of style and character of these wines. The regions they come from, Oregon for instance, a place where “Old World” meets “New World”, tried to remain faithful to one style, and that is the Alsatian model, which capture the natural flavors of the grape. However, there is only one way to break the mystery of these two drops, and that is to drink it!
These wines are as good paired with food as they are consumed by themselves. However, salmon marries well with Pinot Gris as the wine’s acidity balances against the rich texture of the salmon and its fruit flavors add a spicy touch to the taste of the salmon’s flesh. Pinot Grigio, being lighter, suits well with aperitifs or lighter dishes like grilled shellfish. The key to enjoying these wines is simply relaxing with family and friends, and a quiet convivial gathering.