THE PERFECT MATCH
When it comes to pairing wine with food letâ€™s ask Tanya Roberts to mix it up.
H OW D O P I N O T G R I S A N D P I N OT G R I G I O D I F F E R ?
Almost every day in the restaurant someone asks me about the difference between pinot gris and pinot grigio.
the pressing process. You will find some pinot gris that
If you are in France you call it Pinot Gris and if you are
are slightly pink. This occurs if the wine has come into
in Italy you call it Pinot Grigio. If you are in Australia
contact with the skin of the grape and left for a short
you can call it both. Hence, the confusion. The styles
time to add colour and tannin.
are made from exactly the same grape, just like Shiraz
Whilst Pinot Gris and Grigio are quite new to the
and Syrah. However, while the grapes are the same, their
Australian wine scene, they are being embraced by
styles differ significantly.
sommeliers because of their food friendly qualities.
The Italian style Pinot Grigio is typically lighter bodied,
Pinot Grigio, being lighter is better suited to enjoying
crisp and fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas
as an apĂŠritif or with lighter dishes such prawns, fish or
with a touch of spice. The grapes are picked earlier in the
appetizers. In contrast, the richness of many Pinot Gris
harvest season than their French counterparts.
styles enables them to work well with heartier dishes
The French style Pinot Gris is typically fuller bodied,
such as a veal, rabbit, pork and hard cheeses.
richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. The grapes are
The two styles work differently (but beautifully in their
left on the vine until later in the harvest season, so they
own way) with food, making them the perfect choice for
also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.
a night out, no matter what you might feel like eating.
These grape varieties are both thought to be a mutant
Try our 42 Degrees South Pinot Grigio from Tasmania
of the pinot noir grape. Both the grapes and leaves look
with our Saute Calamari and the Mt Diffuculty Pinot Gris
exactly the same. Another interesting fact about this
with our Blanquette de Veau.
variety is that the grapes are red in colour. Skin contact, which gives wine its red colour (all juice produced from red or white grapes is white) does not occur during
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