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Pinot Grigio is more than just the Italian name for the Pinot Gris grape variety; it also embodies stylistic differences. 'Pinot Grigio' wines are typically quite different from 'Pinot Gris' wines, even though they are made from the same variety. The difference is so well established that the two are often treated as distinct varieties.
The refreshing Pinot Grigio style has enjoyed great success in various countries, most recently the United States, (where it is fondly nicknamed 'Greej') and Australia. The most common descriptors of the style are 'light', 'crisp' and 'dry'. These characteristics are complemented by aroma notes citing lemon, green apple and blossoms.
The Grigio style is achieved by harvest ... more
Italy has a rich vinicultural heritage dating back more than two thousand years. Over the centuries the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans all played a significant role in the development of different wine styles, the way grapevines were grown, the evolution of winemaking traditions and the considerable changes in storage methods as wine moved from amphorae to bottle.
Italian wines are made with the aim of partnering Italy's rich and varied cuisine; subtle flavors work in harmony with the food without making too bold a statement. As they say in Italy, wine should be non impegnativo, meaning it should not demand too much attention.
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