Lately, I have been taking the time to explore wine varietals that I generally rarely drink. Pinot Gris/Grigio is one of those varietals.

White Wine; Red Grape — Pinot Gris is typically known by its Italian name Pinot Grigio, originating in Burgundy. Pinot Gris is a pink-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir. Generally, the grape variety has a high sugar potential with minimal to moderate acidity.

Walk into almost any restaurant that serves wine, and you will likely find Pinot Gris/Grigio offered on the wine menu. Generally, there are also overwhelming options to be found at wine retailers. I almost always opt out of purchasing them. The truth is there are so many cheap humdrum ones it’s challenging to discern what’s worth your money; especially in a restaurant.

Recently I tasted two different Pinot Gris wines that were very enjoyable, so I wanted to take a moment to share my bottle notes with you on those wines.


Here are the wines I tasted:


King Estate Pinot Gris 2017

King Estate Pinot Gris

Tasting Notes:

The wine is a pale straw color in the glass — ripe flavors of orchard fruits (mainly pear), hints of fresh pineapple and fresh, mouthwatering citrus. Appealing acidity and rounded off with a soft texture on the palate.

This wine was nicely refreshing. While I enjoyed sipping this wine without food, it would undoubtedly pair perfectly with a variety of cheeses and light dishes.

I could envision this wine in my picnic basket on a beautiful sunny day at the lake. It was very refreshing and enjoyable. At less than $20 per bottle, the wine is economically priced.

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Left Coast Estate Pinot Gris 2017

Left Coast Pinot Gris

Tasting Notes:

The wine is a muted gold tone in the glass. On the palate, notes of ripe green apple, white peach and melon stand out while subtle notes of nectarine make an appearance. Restrained acid and the wine is dry and medium-light in body. Pleasantly balanced. The finish is long and clean.

This wine is delightful, easy to drink, and warm weather friendly. I paired this wine with shellfish and salad and it worked wonderfully. At under $20 per bottle, this wine is a bargain.

This wine was an industry sample. However, the assessments made are mine.

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Overall, both of these wines were very drinkable and easy-going. These wines will make an excellent addition to any summer table. Both of these wines will be favorable for large gatherings; they are very unpretentious so everyone can enjoy them.


Lastly, don’t be afraid to explore and try wines that you may have ignored in the past. There is nothing better than discovering a lovely new wine to add to your wine stash.