Snooth Says August is Pinot Grigio Month

Hello Friends,

The good folks over at Snooth have started a new program called the ‘Global Tasting Initiative.’ Each month a specific wine varietal will be selected for wine drinkers to taste and tweet about. For the entire month of August, wine lovers are saluting Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris. To see which Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris wines people are sipping and talking about on Twitter, follow the #GTIPinotGrigio hash-tag. Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape variety. Stylistically, the grape is capable of producing a fairly wide range of wines depending on where it’s grown.

Attems 2010 Pinot Grigio

The top two wine producing regions for Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris are Italy and France. In Italy, namely the northeastern regions, where it’s called Pinot Grigio, the wines produced are typically crisp, bright, and refreshing. This is the type of light-bodied white wine you want in your glass on a warm summer day. In Alsace, France, where it’s called Pinot Gris, the wines generally offer a richer mouth-feel and more body, while retaining good food-friendly acidity, generous fruit flavors, and lovely aromatics.

Willow Crest Winery 2010 Pinot Gris

Other regions that produce wine from this grape variety, namely Oregon and California, will typically label their wine based on the style of the wine (Alsace or Italy). For my participation, I tried two examples – a Attems 2010 Pinot Grigio (SRP $19.99) and a Willow Crest Winery ‘Estate-Grown’ 2010 Pinot Gris (SRP $15.99). The Attems 2010 Pinot Grigio, from Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Northeast Italy), is sleek and racy with crisp apple, tangy citrus flavors, and very subtle oak undertones that’s complimented by gentle touches of minerality that extends to the clean, medium length finish. This example makes for a nice aperitif wine and will pair nicely with shellfish and light dishes. The Willow Crest 2010 Pinot Gris, from Washington’s Yakima Valley, is nicely textured and flavorful with a richer mouth-feel. On the palate, tree fruit (pear, apple) comingle with melon and orange peel in this medium-bodied and well-balanced wine. Now it’s your turn! There are two weeks left, so uncork some Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris and share your thoughts on Twitter (remember: #GTIPinotGrigio hash-tag). We’ll be looking for your tweets. Cheers!

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!

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CLICK HERE to visit Willow Crest Winery website.

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