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A Pinot Grigio from Italy That's Incredible!

This Pinot Grigio can be enjoyed alone or paired with food.

The wine of the week is Duca Bortini di Montebello Pinot Grigio from Italy. The color of the wine is straw yellow with copper reflections. The wine is light-bodied, lean, crisp & acidic with hints of lemon. 

This wine is a perfect everyday companion to a wide variety of foods or simply to be enjoyed on its own. Serve with fish based hors d’oeuvres, shellfish, fried fish, soups & chicken.

Pinot Gris is a white wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. Thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape, it has a grayish-white fruit, accounting for its name ("gris" meaning gray in French). The grape grows best in cool climates. Pinot gris is known from the Middle Ages in the Burgundy region whence it spread, arriving early in Switzerland and in Hungary by 1300. It reached Germany by the end of the 16th century.

It is now grown in most European countries, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, and the U.S. Most wines from the Pinot Gris variety are consumed early while the wines are still young. One of the few aged wines is Tokay d'Alsace. It is also sometimes used for botrytized wines.

The publication Wine Enthusiast has identified several widely recognized styles:

• Pinot Grigio style: light-bodied, often lean; light in color; neutral, sometimes spritzy flavors, crisp and acidic. Best consumed within two years of bottling. Pairs well with pork, chicken, and seafood.

• Oregon style: medium bodied; yellow to copper-pink color; crisp, full, plump, lively flavors with aromas of pear, apple, and/or melon.

• Alsace style: medium- to full-bodied; rich, somewhat floral; viscous, almost oily in texture; less fruity than the Oregon version; long lasting and an excellent wine with a wide variety of foods.

• German style: medium- to full-bodied; fairly sweet, but well balanced with good acidity.

Pinot Gris is called by many names in different parts of the world:

• Pinot Grigio (Italy)

• Pinot Beurot (Loire Valley, France)

• Ruländer (Austria and Germany, Romania, sweet)

• Grauburgunder or Grauer burgunder (Austria and Germany, dry)

• Grauklevner (Germany)

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"In Wine there is wisdom. In Beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria" ~ Old German Proverb

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Sherri R August 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The link to your website needs fixed. "#3-Host" is included in your link.
John Roberts August 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I always liked making my own wine.Pinot Grigio is better when made...Kind of a different taste too. But yeah Pinot Grigio is very good.

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