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THE PERFECT MATCH

at Michels

When it comes to pairing wine with food let’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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Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.

Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.