What better way to celebrate National Pinot Grigio Day on May 17 than with a refreshing glass of the popular white wine? Originating in Burgundy, France the grape is a mutation of the pinot noir and features a bluish grey rather then the typical green skin. The varietal is often enjoyed alongside a plate of fish, chicken or mild cheese — however you plan on pairing this Tuesday, here are three delicious examples to check out.
Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Ramato ($22 to $25)
Packaged in a stunning curvaceous bottle and boasting a natural pinkish tinge (ramato is Italian for copper) due to the skins left on during the maceration process, Sun Goddess hails from the sun-kissed vineyards in Northern Italy owned by the Fantinel family. The unique Friuli Venezia Giulia terroir produces a complex bouquet possessing hints of fruit — think peach, melon and blackberries — and is not too acidic.
Flat Roof Manor Pinot Grigio ($12 to $15)
The brand’s name is inspired by a real neo-classical manor located in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The area is also where Flat Manor sources its grapes grown across slightly differing microclimates and soils that give a bit of complexity to the drier pale-straw-coloured wine tasting a bit floral and citrusy. The pear notes pair wonderfully with a nice dinner salad.
Two Oceans Pinot Grigio ($10 to $14)
Another South African offering, this time on the southern tip where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, Cape Point provides a truly extraordinary environment for winemaking. The cool sea air blowing across warm land results in a slow ripening process helping create the crisp, tangy nature of the pinot grigio, which lingers a bit on the tongue. Though on the fruitier side there’s a bit of an earthy flavour as well. Tastes great accompanying a creamy pasta.