I’ve been wanting to branch out into white wines recently. I have always preferred red wines (Malbec, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon) over white wines. However, I heard a recent podcast about wines from the Alsace Region of France and the podcast host recommended that Pinot Gris was a good transition wine for red wine drinkers.
Over the past few weeks, I have tried several Pinot Gris from Total Wine and my local grocery store in San Antonio, Texas. Last week, I found a Pinot Gris wine that has become a favorite right after my first taste. Sometimes a great-tasting wine will grab your taste buds immediately. Albrecht 2015 Pinot Gris Wine was the one for me. I tasted a semi-sweet, fruit flavor like a good Moscato, but not sugary like the dessert wines that sell for $5 at your local grocery store. Also, this Pinot Gris had a crisp, distinctive taste that offset the semi-sweet flavor.
Pinot Gris is a white-wine grape originally from the vineyards of Burgundy. It is now found in wine regions all over the world. This wine is closely related to the Pinot Grigio. While both wines come from the same grape, the two names have come to infer two different styles of wine.
- Immensely popular, the Italian style Pinot Grigio wines are typically lighter-bodied, crisp, fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas and a touch of spice.
- In contrast, Alsace Pinot Gris wines are more full-bodied, richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. They also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.
Make sure you look at the label correctly when shopping for Pinot Gris. I have noticed that a lot more Pinot Grigio Wines for sale than Pinot Gris. The consenus for wine experts was that aforementioned Alsace region of France, New Zealand, and the state of Oregon in the United States makes the best Pinot Gris wines in the world. Pinot Gris paired well with seafood, pasta, grilled chicken, and sushi.
I’m glad to discover a new wine and this Albrecht Pinot Gris will go along with over favorites like Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, Amalaya Malbec from Argentina, & Grape Creek Vineyards Grand Rouge from the Texas Hill Country.