Drink again. As Stephen Brook found on a recent trip to Friuli, there is a nucleus of winemakers crafting Pinot Grigios on the slopes of Friuli with more poise and persistence than its bland alter-ego ever had
Pinot Grigio to make you drink again
Lis Neris, Gris, Isonzo 2011
Sumptuous apple and mango nose. Quite exotic. Creamy apple compote flavours on the palate, opulent but not heavy. Spicy and complex, with a seductive texture and limpid, lifted finish. Good length.
Price: £20.42-£24.50 D Byrne, Hedonism
Vie di Romans, Dessimis, Isonzo 2012
Pale copper-pink. Rich, nutty pear nose. Creamy, powerful and spicy, with a juicy texture, yet has pungency and fine balancing acidity. Very long.
Price: £22.28-£33.40 Widely available via UK agent, Liberty Wines
Livon, Braide Grande, Collio 2013
Ripe, spicy nose, pear crumble. Swaggering palate. With great breadth of fruit, this is concentrated but accessible, with fine acidity to balance the wine. Pure pleasure and fine length.
Price: £17-£20 Eurowines, Simply Wines
Schiopetto, Collio 2011
Subtle, floral, ripe pear nose. Rich, creamy and concentrated, with fine but discreet acidity. Delicious fruit, nutty but bright and elegant. Long.
Price: £20 New Generation Wine
Toros, Collio 2013
Bracing melon and mango nose, seems oaky although it is unoaked. Firm and concentrated, with extract and vigour, ample personality and good length.
Price: £25.99 (2011) Selfridges
Branko, Collio 2013
Heady floral nose with ripe apple fruit. Good attack, lively but also has weight and concentration, with just a hint of sweetness. Balanced and long.
Price: £19.40 Hedonism
Dario Princic, Collio 2006
Coppery colour. Startling nose of strawberry, honey and flowers. Medium-bodied, with a grape-skin burr, moderate acidity, and a firm dry finish. Biodynamic.
Price: £26.67 (2009) Exel
La Tunella, Colli Orientali 2013
Perfumed citrus and apple nose. Concentrated and suave, yet has firm underlying acidity. Fresh and citric but shows some mineral complexity and fine length.
Price: £11.25 Corney & Barrow