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Pinot Grigio

Everyday Food, Volume 5 September 2003

You can't go wrong with this light, popular white wine. It can be crisp and dry or rich and spicy, with hints of peach and honey -- perfect for the changing season.

Where Does It Come From?
The Pinot Grigio grape is grown in Northern Italy. It is also produced in Alsace, France, where it is known as Pinot Gris, and in other countries. It is not widely grown in the United States, although there are a few vineyards in Oregon.

How Does It Taste?
Italian Pinot Grigio tends to have a somewhat subtle taste, which makes it very easy to drink. Pinot Gris has a fruitier flavor: You may notice apple, peach, or pear.

What Food Does It Go With?
Pinot Grigio goes well with many dishes: simple roasted chicken, pork tenderloin, or shellfish, even omelets and frittatas.

How Much Does It Cost?
Another reason for Pinot Grigio's popularity is its low price tag; it can cost as little as $10.

How Is It Served?
As with all white wines, Pinot Grigio should be served chilled (about 50 degrees).