Pinot Gris from Alsace and Pinot Grigio from Italy use the same grape.
But the Alsatian version is more fruity with more aroma and sweetness.
Lemon Candy, Yellow Apple, Melon, Apricot, and Plum are typical French Pinot Gris flavors.
Followed by Honey, White Flowers, Perfume, and Spices.
French Pinot Gris is known to be off-dry, fruity, with a balanced acidity:
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French Pinot Gris has a balanced intensity that pairs well with many types of food.
The perfume matches Pâté and Creamy Sauces, and the sweetness makes it well suited for both Spicy and Sweet & Sour Dishes.
Spicy Food. Indian. Thai. Mexican.
Asian Sweat and Sour.
Full-bodied Pinot Gris
Creamy Pasta and Risotto.
Pâté. Foie Gras. Poultry. Pork.
Rich Veal. Lamb.
In Alsace, Pinot Gris it is the preferred match to the regional pork and potato specialty Baeckeoffe.
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A small Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for off-dry white wines.
A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.
Remember to hold the glass by the stem!
Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) originates from Burgundy.
Today it is cultivated primarily in Italy and France (Alsace).
There are primarily three different types of Pinot Gris:
Light, Dry and Crispy (Italian Pinot Grigio and Australian Pinot Grigio).
Off-Dry and Aromatic (French Pinot Gris and Australian Pinot Gris).
Dry and Fruity (Something in between Italian Pinot Grigio and French Pinot Gris).
Alsace is dominated by white wine. 90% of all Alsace wine is white.
Wines from the Alsace region in France (in French: Vin d'Alsace) (German: Weinbau in Elsass) (English: Alsatian Wine) are primarily white wines.
Alsace in France and the Rhine region in Germany are known to produce the best Rieslings in the world, and Alsace is also famous for a especially food friendly Pinot Gris, and a highly aromatic Gewürztraminer.
In Alsace, both dry and sweet white wines are produced.
In Alsace, some grapes thrive better than others, and just like in Germany (on the other side of the border), the king is Riesling.
Typical Alsatian Rieslings are dry, aromatic, a little fuller, and with more ripe fruit than the German ones.
Gewürztraminer is a grape many people love. It is also a grape many people hate.
Bad Gewürztraminer can taste like bad perfume, but the good ones have fantastic aromas that no other grapes can copy: Grapefruit, Pineapple, Mango, Apricot, Lychee, Rose Petals, and Spices.
Italian Pinot Grigio and Alsatian Pinot Gris is the same grape, but Alsatian wines are more fruity, with more aromas, and more sweetness.
Alsatian Pinot Gris has a balanced intensity that pairs well with many types of food. It matches spicy food (Mexican, Thai), sweet and sour food (Chinese), and fat food(Foie Gras. Pâté), and often it can accompany dishes meant for red wine.
According to the history, the grape Pinot Gris travelled from Alsace to Hungary in the 14th century. When it was brought back to Alsace in the 16th century, it was planted in Kientzheim under the name "Tokay" (taken from Hungary’s famous wine Tokaji).
For many centuries, Alsatian wine produced from Pinot Gris was called "Tokay d'Alsace".
However, in the 1990's, it was agreed in Europe to remove the name Tokay from non-Hungarian wine, and slowly, the today so famous Alsacian Pinot Gris was developed.
Silvaner (or Sylvaner) is a grape grown primarily in French Alsace and in the Franken region of Germany.
In Germany it is cultivated with the official name Grüner Silvaner. Italian and Swiss Silvaner tends to be lighter and more crispy than French / German Silvaner.
Pinot Blanc from Alsace, is known to be much like Chardonnay as a full body wine with good acidity.
Alsacian Pinot Blanc can show a range of flavors from apple to peach, along with nutty almond and spices depending on oak treatment.
Popular food pairings in Alsace are Omelet and Quiche.
Crémant d 'Alsace is a sparkling wine made by the Champagne method (Méthode Champenoise)). Made from several types of grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling), it can be an interesting alternative to French Champagne.
Alsatian wines are produced under three different AOCs:
Edelzwicker and Gentil may be used on an Alsatian wine label.
Edelzwicker means that the wine is a mixture of different grapes.
Gentil means the same, but can only be used for AOC wines where the blend has at least 50% Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer, and the rest can be either Sylvaner, Chasselas or Pinot Blanc. Each variety must be vinified separately, and each variety must qualify as an AOC Alsace wine alone.
Vendange Tardive on the label, means that the grapes are harvested late. These wines are sweet like German Ausleese. Only noble root attacked grapes can be used (Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer), and Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris provide the sweetest varieties.
Sélection de grains nobles means selected grapes that are attacked by noble rot, like German Beerenauslese.
In the 1950's the Alsace Wine Route was opened.
Starting as a popular touring rally, it is now the jewel of Alsace.
Route des Vins d'Alsace winds 170 km from the north to the south of Alsace, passing through 70 wine-growing villages, some renowned for being some of the most beautiful villages in the world. like Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Andlau, and Obernai.
The Alsace Wine Route villages organise wine and harvest festivals from April to October, including wine-tastings, folklore, processions, and other entertainment.
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