Pinot gris (or Pinot grigio) is an offshoot of the Pinot noir variety. It derives its name (gris meaning “gray” in French, grigio meaning “gray” in Italian) from the grayish-blue color of its grapes. The word pinot, which comes from the word meaning “pine cone” in French, could have been given to it because the grapes grow in small, cone-shaped clusters. Depending on ripeness, it can showcase flavors of lime and apple, or more lush flavors of nectarine and Meyer lemon, but often retains its honey, ginger, and spice notes. It is usually made in a dry, unoaked style, and its zesty acidity can pair well with fresh vegetables, ceviche, or other fish.
Origin
Burgundy, France
Species
Vitis vinifera
Ideal Soil
Chalky clay