I’m A-list. I’m a star. I’m as adored as Marilyn Monroe. Which is a little surprisingly really, because if I were a colour then I’d definitely fit squarely into the beige bracket. I’m boring and safe, but I guess that’s all part of my appeal. For many I’m seen as easy-drinking, simple and unchallenging. I’m usually a pretty cheap date too, so that may add a certain appeal.
Name: Pinot Grigio
Age: Fresh as a daisy
Country of Origin: Northern Italy
Location: Veneto, North east Italy
Like: Early harvests and winemakers who treat me well
Dislike: The fact that I’m so boring (seriously, why not just shoot me now?)
Body type: Lean
Drinking: I’m what they call a ‘session’ wine
Dry, light and refreshing. Like the colour I was named after (grigio means grey in Italian), I’m rarely very interesting. I’m filled with totally predictable flavours of green apple and lemon. If you were to look up generic white wine in the dictionary then there’d be a photo of me next to the entry. Sometimes if you pay a little more care and attention to me, then you can lure out some flavours that are slightly more interesting. Maybe the odd hint of yeast, wet slate or almond.
Similar to: Generic white wine
Pairing: I’m pretty independent. I’m in my element when I’m alone
Met your match?
If Pinot Grigio’s easy-drinking nature is for you, then please, I beg you, leave the £5 bottles on the shelf and try out something a bit more exciting. To get the most out of the grape variety, you do have to spend a little bit more. Here are some less mainstream options that might be of interest to you:
Marjan Simcic Pinot Grigio, Slovenia (£13.05, Bottle Apostle)
Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy (£11.99, Majestic)
Wairau Cove Pinot Grigio, Gisborne, New Zealand (£10.99, Tesco)