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Did you know that pinot gris and pinot grigio are fraternal twins?
While they’re made from the same white grape, they each have a distinct style of their own.
Here’s all you need to know to keep your palate from getting confused:
In Italy and California the wine is known as pinot grigio, while in Oregon and France it’s known as pinot gris. The Italian version of pinot grigio is typically dry (not sweet) and light, with a mineral taste to it. California’s take on pinot grigio tends to be richer in flavor, but still have the mineral taste. Often, they finish with a lemony or citrusy flavor. French pinot gris wines tend to come from the Alsace region. These are more fruity and flowery than their Italian counterparts, though they still have that mineral aroma. Flavors can range from peach to grapefruit to melon.
Palate confusion can be frustrating.