Wine 101: Sometimes popular wines like Pinot Grigio get a bad rap for being, well, ordinary. Not all Pinot Grigios are created equal, however, and these extraordinary bottles embody the decisive characteristics of the varietal: the wine is clean, crisp, bright, mineral-inflected and food-friendly.
Why to buy: Because it’s been a hot, hot summer and a glass of Pinot Grigio will cool you down while complimenting your dinner. This lively, fresh grape pairs well with classic summer dishes like grilled fish with fresh herbs or lemony pastas.
Nose, palate and pairing:
Fantinel Sant'Helena Pinot Grigio (Best Buy, Wine & Spirits): Subtle aromas of citrus and white flowers with flavor that builds towards the finish. Smoke, nuts and lemon on the palate. Perfect with fried chicken or grilled vegetables tossed in Parmesean.
J Hofstatter Pinot Grigio 2010 (90 points, Wine & Spirits): Pear, peach, honeydew and citrus on the nose. Medium-bodied with a fruity palate. A great wine to drink with tangy cheeses or eggs benedict at brunch.
In this collection:
J Hofstatter Pinot Grigio 2010
Fantinel Sant'Helena Pinot Grigio
Brand: Gilt Wine