Top Ten Summer Pinot Grigios
Despite its popularity, Pinot Grigio does not make the top ten most planted grape varieties in the world. That top spot goes to Cabernet Sauvignon, with the most popular white varietal being the unknown Airen – which just goes to show you can be on top but no one has ever heard of you. But what about Pinot Grigio?
Of the nearly 60 million liters of Pinot Grigio sold in the UK, just over a third came from Italy, with the remainder coming mostly from the US, Australia, Romania and New Zealand.
Which is a bit of a surprise, as you’re unlikely to find a non-Italian Pinot Grigio on supermarket wine shelves. Asda stands out in this respect with its Nice Drop £3.99 Chilean Pinot Grigio coming in at number 8 on the list wine uncorked top ten list and German Co-op’s Kleine Kappelle at number 7. But there are a few others who didn’t quite make it – watch out for Aussie McGuigan (£7.50, Co-op), the Hungarian Campanula (£9.99, Laithwaites) and Californian Barefoot Pinot Grigio (£6, most supermarkets).
Wherever it comes from, the light pear and lemon flavors of Pinot Grigio pair beautifully with the summer sun and just sitting with a glass in hand. It pairs well with lighter-tasting foods like seafood linguine or picnic snacks, and makes a great stand-by in your cupboard. So why not go out and get some bottles in! That wine uncorked The top ten list will help you find the best ones.
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Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio 2021
You can buy other Italian Pinot Grigios from the supermarket for almost half the price, but Tesco’s Finest delivers its creamy apple and pear flavors with a lovely white rose aroma. The lemon end rounds it all off. A nice wine.
Casa Turano Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2020
Great value for money fruity and refreshing white wine earning a top 5 star rating. Italian Pinot Grigio as expected with light apple and pineapple aromas. A nice wine.
SPAR The Pinot Grigio letter collection 2020
Simple and refreshing with a splash of lemon and balancing sweet pear flavors.
Il Papavero Pinot Gris 2020
A beautiful Italian Pinot Grigio with pear and fresh lemon with hints of flowers.
Zafferino Pinot Gris 2020
£9.99 Maiden Wines
A nice Italian Pinot Grigio that stands out from the rest as it actually has some flavor – and it’s tasty too. Canned pears with apple and lemon peel.
Finca Las Moras Pinot Gris
A really nice white wine at a reasonable price. Refreshing fruit flavors of peach, pear and apricot make for a warm weather wine.
Kleine Kappelle Pinot Gris 2018
This light yellow German specimen tastes and smells like apple and almond cake. The wine has a slight splash (fizz).
Asda Nice Drops Pinot Grigio 2021
This Chilean Pinot Grigio has the classic pear and apple flavors. Do not drink this wine too cold, otherwise it will taste sharper than you would like. So leave it out of the fridge 20 minutes before drinking.
Caparelli Pinot Gris
A tasty and affordable Italian Pinot Grigio with a pear and apple sweetness that will please many.
Ali di Api Pinot Gris 2020
£9.99 Maiden Wines
A simple and drinkable Italian Pinot Grigio with fresh pear and sliced apple aromas and a slightly nutty note.
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Words Paula Goddard 2022 www.wineuncorked.co.uk
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