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Describe Pinot Grigio.

pale, dry, high acidity, fresh green and citrus flavour. They have a short finish and a generally and acceptable to good quality


Describe Pinot Gris

medium to pronounced colour, off dry to medium sweet, medium acidity, full bodied, pronounced lemon and stonefruit (peach), tropical fruit (mango, banana)


How is the Pinot Grigio style made?

From high yielding grapes that are harvest early to retain acidity


How is the Pinot Gris style made?

From controlled yields and fully ripened fruit


How to Pinot Gris style grapes compare to Pinot Grigio grape styles when discussing sugar levels, acidity and complexity of flavour?

Higher in sugar, lower in acid and more complex


What climates is Pinot Grigio/Gris grown in?

cool, moderate and warm


How early are the grapes harvested for each style? Why?

Early for Pinot Grigio to retain acidity, later for Pinot Gris to concentrate sugar and flavour


What fermentation vessel types are generally used? Why?

Inert, to retain fruit flavour


Is Pinot Gris/Grigio used in blends?

Generally not


What does bottle aging give to Pinot Gris/Grigio wine? What characteristics are necessary for the wine to age successfully?

Honey and Ginger notes. The wine must be very concentrated.


Where is Pinot Grigio commonly produced? What are they labelled as? What are the wines like? What is the quality?

The Veneto region, dell Venezie DOC or Veneto IGT. Simple, unoaked short finish, acceptable to good


What is Friuli-Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio like?

Complex and fuller bodied


When do they pick Pinot Gris grapes in Alsace? What are the grapes like?

Later the in the season


Describe Alsace Pinot Gris. Where do the best wines come from?

dry to medium, medium to full body, peach, mango, ginger. Develop honey in the bottle.

Grand Cru vineyards


What are the three labelling terms of Alsace Pinot Gris? What do they refer to?

Alsace AOC - regional appellation

Alsace Grand Cru AOC - Vineyards mostly found on the steep slopes of the Vosges, facing the equator. Grapes are riper and fuller, higher quality wine

Vendanges Tardives - Late Harvest, used for medium to sweet wines from extra ripe grapes