Do you know how to enjoy wine? It’s alright if you don’t. Wine is complex. With so many different flavours and labels to choose from, it can be quite daunting, especially if you have friends or family who fancy themselves wine connoisseurs. Fret not, for this article will take you through understanding and pairing one of the more simple and fun wines, Pinot Grigio. Perfect for a lady’s night or fancy brunch, dinner party or holiday happy hour, Pinot Grigio is the perfect place to start your wine journey. You will be impressing your wine-loving friends in no time.
What Is Pino Grigio?
Pinot Grigio is a fresh and fruity white wine, originating from France, where it is referred to as Pinot Gris. Depending on where the grapes originate from, it can also have floral and acidic flavour notes.
It is a zesty and dry wine, the equivalent of an ice-cold beer or lemonade on a hot summers’ day. Its flavour is not particularly striking, but you can expect various citrus notes with this easy-to-drink wine. Above all, it is refreshing, and that is what consumers buy it for. Do not let people tell you that it is boring or basic, it is simply humble and uncomplicated, which is what makes it such a popular option. Not to mention, this wine is incredibly easy to pick apart and pair with the right food.
What Does Pinot Grigio Go With?
Because Pino Grigio is crisp and zesty, it is no surprise that it is most commonly paired with seafood, pastas, or vegetables. The delicacy of this wine compliments the freshness of the seafood and vegetables. A light fish is among the most popular Pinot Grigio pairing. If you’re planning to create a dinner around Pinot Grigio, think Italian. Here are some Pinot Grigio food pairing ideas:
- Pasta dishes
You want to avoid incredibly meaty or creamy pasta dishes. Think lemon and shrimp aglio olio, or a vegetable pasta primavera. Fresh and light is the way to go and you can even add a splash of your Pinot Grigio to the pasta dish.
- Grilled fish with roasted vegetables
Grilled white fish such as halibut or snapper goes well with this wine. You’ll also want to go for spring vegetables like tomatoes, fennel, and potatoes.
Vegetable or seafood risottos such as asparagus and pea or mushroom work well to compliment the full body of the Pinot Grigio.
Fresh crab, grilled squid or cucumber salads are a big hit with this wine and a quick and easy starter to throw together.
When pairing Pinot Grigio with food, you’re looking for fresh and light flavours, nothing too fried or heavy. Here’s another odd Pinot Grigio food pairing: Sushi. It may seem weird, wine and sushi? It definitely doesn’t sound like the perfect pairing, I know. Take a moment to think about it, though. We know Pinot Grigio is a light and easy wine that is recommended for seafood and antipasti type dishes. Food doesn’t really get any fresher than sashimi or many other seafood dishes found in Japanese cuisine. Japanese food is also presented in smaller portions, which makes it the perfect pairing for Pinot Grigio.
Now that you have a better understanding of Pino Grigio, it’s time to find one that suits you. Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular types of wine because of its simplicity. Some Pinot Grigio is lightly fizzy, some people prefer a Pinot Grigio canned Wine. You can have this wine any way you like, so get out there and start exploring!