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In what climates does Pinot Gris/Grigio like to grow?

  • Cool
  • Moderate


Are Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris the same grape?


Pinot Grigio is the Italian name.

Pinot Gris is the French name.


What are the 2 distinct styles of Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio?

  1. A simple, dry, light bodied wine with high acidity (grapes harvested early: Italian style)l
  2. A complex, fuller bodied wine with medium acidity and laden with flavor (grapes harvested later: Alsatian style).


To help retain Pinot Gris/Grigio's fruit flavors, in what vessel is it likely to be fermented?

An inert vessel, such as stainless steel.


Light, simple styles of Pinot Grigio, like Italian Pinot Grigio, are always fermented dry or off-dry?

When are they best consumed?


Best consumed in their youth as their simple flavors diminish soon after bottling.


Complex, fuller-styled Pinot Gris are sometimes fermented to off-dry.  How are they made off-dry?

By removing the yeasts through filtration.


When the intense, complex-styled Pinot Gris are left to age, they can develop flavors of ___.

  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Candied citrus


What are 2 appellations in northern Italy that are known for light, simple, inexpensive Pinot Grigio?

  1. Veneto IGT
  2. delle Venezie DOC

Both of these areas produce high volume Pinot Grigio.


Where in Italy can you find a more structured, fruity, full-bodied style of Pinot Grigio?

Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Which region in France is known for its Pinot Gris?



What is the general style of Alsatian Pinot Gris?

Alsatian Pinot Gris are deliciously complex and rich in style compared to Italian Pinot Grigios.

Sweetness and body can vary:

  • Dry to medium-sweet
  • Medium to full body

Fruit profile and acidity are consistent:

  • Peach
  • Mango
  • Ginger
  • Medium acidity




What is the regional appellation of Alsace?

Alsace AOP


Which Alsatian AOP covers specific vineyards?

Alsace Grand Cru AOP


Alsace Grand Cru AOP vineyards are found on the sloped foothills of which mountains?

Which direction do these vineyards face?

Vosges Mountains

Alsace Grand Cru AOP vineyards face east/southeast


Name 3 grapes suitable for Alsace Grand Cru AOP status.

  1. Riesling
  2. Pinot Gris
  3. Gewurztraminer


What is it about the Alsace Grand Cru sites that make them different from regular Alsace AOP vineyards?

  • They are on steeper slopes
  • Receive more sunlight
  • Produce grapes that are riper and have fuller flavor


What does Vendanges Tardive translate to in English?

Late Harvest


Vendanges Tardives is only allowed to be used in which French region?



Vendanges Tardives indicates that the wine is going to be which:

  • bone dry
  • medium to sweet

Medium to sweet


Vendanges Tardives (VT) can be used on both ___ AOP and ___ AOP wines.  

Alsace AOP

Alsace Grand Cru AOP


If a wine is labeled Pinot Grigio, what style do you expect it to be: Italian or Alsatian?

Very much Italian in style:

  • Light
  • Simple
  • High acid
  • Unoaked


If a wine is labeled Pinot Gris, what style do you expect it to be: Italian or Alsatian?

Very much Alsatian in style:

  • Fuller body
  • More complex
  • Medium acidity
  • Ripe stone and tropical fruits