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Expert’s choice: Premium Pinot Grigio

A grape so well known that it’s become the default option on many a wine list. But Michael Garner’s pick of £12-plus quality Pinot Grigios are rich, weighty and voluptuous – and anything but ordinary.

An ocean of Pinot Grigio is produced at the ‘price-fighting’ end of the market, but this Italian staple grape, which is a mutation of Pinot Noir, reveals its true worth higher up the scale. Premium Pinot Grigio sets absolute quality as its main objective.

This means using the best fruit, harvested at low yields, and giving it maximum attention in the cellar – features that are reflected in the wines’ prices. For the purposes of this tasting, the bar was set at a minimum of £12 per bottle.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 18 excellent premium Pinot Grigio wines

Premium Italian Pinot Grigio is a far cry from the easy-drinking wines that make a virtue of their neutrality.

See tasting notes and scores for 18 premium Pinot Grigio wines

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