The fanciest of them all… PINOT GRIGIO
For many years, this delicate white wine that goes by the name of Pinot Grigio has been one the most ‘stylish’ wines among the wide range of Italian wines produced. There was a time when everyone wanted it, and everyone asked for it in restaurants and bars.
But why, I hear you ask?
The secret is in the taste and its alcoholic percentage. Pinot Grigio is one of those white wines that proverbially “go down like water”! It’s light, refreshing, easy to drink and you will likely find yourself with an almost empty bottle before realising that the alcohol has started to hit you.
It did not take long for people to realise they could enjoy the pleasure of nearly a whole bottle of wine without any major kickback, instead of feeling confused after just one glass of any other stronger wine… no wonder Pinot Grigio became so popular! The success had a further positive impact on the quality of its production and international diffusion.
The clue is in the name…
The name grigio, which means grey in Italian, comes from the actual colour of the variety of grey-blue grapes. It is believed to be a mutation of the Pinot Noir.
Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio?
No. They are not the same wine. They both come from the same Pinot grape but they couldn’t be more different! In fact, one represents France, their culture, their style and everything around it, and the other one does the same but for our beloved Motherland Italy.
The Italian Pinot Grigio distinguishes itself from its Alsatian brother the Gris for of its light, crisp, zesty, mineral and slightly acidic style, since the other is sweeter, textured, complex, luscious and with fruity undertones.
In Italy, Pinot Grigio plantings are found mostly in the northern regions of Veneto, Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia GIulia. The grapes are harvested early to retain the distinctive acidity and minimize the intense fruitiness of the variety.
What should you pair it with?
It’s perfect with starters, especially cured meats… so next time you’re in the mood for a proper Italian Antipasto, we suggest
you pick a few starters to share from our menu and enjoy a glass (or a bottle) of our Pinot Grigio.
If you’re coming for a meal, we reccommend this wine with any fish based dish or white meat. For example Trofie ai Frutti di Mare or Tagliatelle alla Spagnola from our pasta section. Or why not, a delicious Pollo ai Funghi or Pollo agli Asparagi from the meat section!
All you have to do now is BOOK A TABLE and come enjoy this wine and our fantastic Italian food and wine! All in the name of GOOD FOOD – GOOD WINE – GOOD TIMES.