Our Method: For this Pinot Grigio/Gris we look for two styles that are indicative of a quality wine, either fruity and dry or mineral and dry. Beyond this, these reviews are based on our opinion of what makes for a great value-minded wine. We look for balance in how it is made, with nothing coming across as a flaw. Second, we taste all the wines to ensure that each vintage and winery stands up to our exacting standards for what we love to recommend for you to buy. Third, we look for wines that are indicative of the region they come from. For Pinot Grigio this is predominately Italy, California, Oregon, South Africa, New Zealand, and for sweet bottles- Alsace, France. For instance, we don’t look for Pinot Noirs from Burgundy in France that are over ripe or fruity (that is the specialty of warmer climate areas like California and Australia). Fourth, we use a Ten Point scale to ensure the ratings are easy to follow and remember and anything ranked above a 7.5 we consider a wine of high quality. Finally, we try to keep the language simple and easy to follow to help you match wines that will align with your specific palate. As always, reach out to us with any questions you may have with the “Ask a Sommelier” link, and feel free to engage in discussions at the bottom of each post!
1) Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2015
- (Tentino-Alto Adige, Italy) $22 – LINK
- This light and fresh wine from the high-altitude area of Alto Adige in Northern Italy works wonderfully as an aperitif before a meal or with lightstarters. Smooth on the palate there are hints of banana, flowers, and pears on the nose. A bit creamy this is balanced by full acidity and balanced alcohol at 14% ABV. Truly Italian in flavor and profile it is a wonderful and expressive of what a delicious Pinot Grigio should taste like.
Our Rating: 9.25/10
2) King Estate Pinot Gris 2015
- (Willamette Valley, Oregon) $20 – LINK
- The warm growing season of 2015 in Oregon really comes through in this wine. Straw yellow in color the nose bursts with flowers, pears,peaches, lemons and pineapples. Riper than most Pinot Gris (due to the weather) the acidity does an admirable job balancing what could have been a rough vintage. Additionally, this wine is grown with sustainable and organic agriculture, which further shows the makers attention to detail and quality. We recommend this with summertime flavors, such as grilled fish with peach salsa, caprese salad, asparagus, and even herb roasted chicken.
Our Rating: 9/10
3) Adelsheim Pinot Gris 2015
- (Willamette Valley, Oregon) $19 – LINK
- This is a wonderfully balanced wine with no one characteristic overpowering another. The alcohol is the lowest of the three here, at 13% ABV, and the acidity and creaminess are both kept lower to work with the alcohol. Crisp and refreshing on the palate the pedigree of the Adelsheim comes through here (they also make a lovely Pinot Noir). We especially love this wine with acidic foods, such as raw fish, ceviche, lemon chicken, and tomatoes, as well as foods with a little backbone to them, such as ethnic foods nd even fried foods (like fish and chips). Grab a bottle now, because the 2015 vintage is fast disappearing!