Zsa Zsa And Her Pinot Grigio

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My pal Zsa Zsa loves Pinot Grigio. It’s her favorite. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her drink anything else.

Zsa Zsa likes her Pinot Grigio ice cold. Like, put-the-bottle-in-the-freezer-for-a-bit-before-serving kind of ice cold.

She always reminds me to unscrew the top first so the bottle doesn’t crack.

Zsa Zsa insists that she has never met a Pinot Grigio that she didn’t like. She says she never worries about her wine going bad because, “the grapes were picked yesterday”.

I have made it my mission to find new and interesting Pinot Grigio producers to add to Zsa Zsa’s collection.

2013 Chloe Valdadige D.O.C. Pinot Noir

2013 Chloe Pinot Grigio

I have to admit, the first thing that drew me to this wine as I perused the grocery store aisle was the beautiful label. So simple and elegant.

Well played, Chloe Wine Collection. Well played.

Although located in Northern California, Chloe Wine Collection sources its grapes from all over the world.

The grapes for the Pinot Grigio come from the Valdadige D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata or “controlled designation of origin” but it sounds way better in Italian).

This cool area in Northern Italy is perfect for growing Pinot Grigio.

This wine – around $13 per bottle – is definitely a step above its other modestly priced competitors.

“On the palate, this Pinot Grigio displays flavors of juicy white peach, soft melon, crisp apple and floral honeysuckle with a subtle undertone of Meyer lemon.”  

– via Chloewinecollection.com

It has nice body while maintaining the lightness that people like in a Pinot Grigio.

The 2013 Chloe Valdadige D.O.C. Pinot Grigio – Zsa Zsa tested, Zsa Zsa approved.

2013 Alexana Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

Alexana Pinot Grigio

Have you ever wondered why some wines are called Pinot Grigio and others are called Pinot Gris?

Well, here in a nutshell is the difference.

Although made from the same grape, Pinot Grigio refers to the wines from Italy (or produced elsewhere but following the Italian style) and Pinot Gris refers to the wines from the Alsace region of France (or produced elsewhere, like the Alexana Pinot Gris from Oregon, made in the Alsace style).

Pinot Grigio tends to be light, bright and crisp, favoring citrus notes.

Pinot Gris is richer and even a bit sweeter, favoring tropical fruit notes.

The 2013 Alexana Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is clean and crisp. Perhaps a touch sweet, but a savory-sweet if there is such a thing.

The tasting notes describe honeysuckle, apple, pear and wet stone on the nose and honey, stonefruit and celery seed on the palate.

(By the way, the description of “wet stone” might seem to be one of those Wacky Wine Reviews, but think of it more in terms of giving the wine a rich minerality, which is a good thing!)

This wine retails at $29 per bottle and, I believe, is only available through the winery. Alexana sells out of this lovely Pinot Gris every year. The 2014 vintage is available now.

Zsa Zsa has not yet had an opportunity to try the Alexana Pinot Gris. Maybe I’ll pull out a bottle the next time she comes over. I’m curious to know what she thinks!

Do you have a preference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Do you have any recommendations for Zsa Zsa?

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  1. I think Ramona and her Pinot Grigio has put me off this category of white wine 🙂
    Not really – I like a cold, crisp (Grigio not Gris) fruity glass on a summer afternoon.

  2. My favorite pinot grigio is Santa Margherita (even though the wine expert in the liquor store always tells me that it’s over-priced). A less expensive pinot grigio that I like is Altanuta.

  3. I mentioned to you that I’ve recently branched out away from my favorite reds to dabble with white wines, and I’ve found I’m partial to Pinot Grigio. And of course, I was wondering what the difference was between Grigio and Gris. I thought the wine dealer at Piggly Wiggly just had a lisp.

    Thanks for clarifying. I feel so knowledgeable now.
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  4. Zsa Zsa and I are a lot alike. I love my wine ice cold. The other night a waiter poured my wine into a hot glass right out of the dishwasher! Unbelievable!! Have a great weekend!

  5. I’m just back from a vacation to Northern Michigan where we visited the Leelanau peninsula. If you haven’t been, you must go! There was a winery on every block. We enjoyed tastings at a few wineries and loved everything we tried – well, i’m not a fan of dry Reisling so there’s that. Everything just tasted so fresh and bright tasting compared to grocery store wine. I might just become a connoisseur yet!
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