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Pinot Gris, aka Tokay Pinot Gris in Alsace, is a slightly spicier and more expressive version of its stablemate, Pinot Blanc, and actually a mutation of Pinot Noir.
It is one of the chief dry white varieties in Alsace, but also produces some deliciously sweet, ageworthy, late-harvest styles. It is the same grape as northern Italy’s Pinot Grigio, Germany‘s Grauburgunder or Ruländer and Hungary‘s Szürkebarát and is becoming moderately fashionable in New Zealand.
SEE: Pinot Grigio: 13 top wines to try | Think you know Pinot Grigio? | Huia, Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013
Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio, often lightly copper-coloured, can be a sort of halfway house between the more neutral-flavoured Pinot Blanc and the overtly spicy and fragrant Gewurstraminer with a smokiness, delicate spice and an occasionally oily character.
Food matching with Pinot Gris: Courgette flowers, apple and horseradish – recipe | Veal tartare with figs, hazelnuts and anchovy butter | Mozzarella cheesecake with berry sauce | Agnolotti with burrata and mint