Pinot Grigio is the number one wine import from Italy into the United States. It took over from Chianti decades ago. Even with the rising interest in red wine consumption since the French paradox, Pinot Grigio is still king.
While Pinot Grigio is grown in almost every province in Italy, the grapes from our selection come from Lombardy, in the northernmost area of the country. Here, the cool climate allows Pinot Grigio to ripen very slowly while retaining its crucial natural acids. In a warmer climate, the acids would fall and so would the length of the wine and its finish.
Lombardy is a cultural, culinary and historical hub. Its capital, Milan, is one of the most heralded areas for gastronomy in the world. It also contains one of Italy's most sought-after vacation destinations, Lake Como, and is home to one of the most famous paintings ever produced, Leonard da Vinci's The Last Supper.
Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the French grape Pinot Gris. Pinot means "pine," as is in pine cone, because the clusters are shaped like a pine cone. Gris means grey because the grapes have a greyish tinge to them.
The wine itself is lovely, engaging and enticing. Green apple, subdued spice and racy guava hints are all there. But the cool climate in which these grapes were raised adds a touch of peach, pear and citrus that pervades the senses. The finish is nothing short of amazing, delivering all it's supposed to and then some.