The versatile wine is battling Sauvignon Blanc in the U.S. for second place behind Chardonnay in total sales. Great bottles of Pinot Gris can be found for under $20. It’s meant to be consumed young while it’s fresh and fruity.
David Hill 2011 Estate Pinot Gris, SRP $18, has bright acidity with aromas of stone fruit and a long, beautiful finish. The best Gris I’ve tasted this year.
Lange Estate 2011 Pinot Gris, SRP $17, is one of Oregon’s oldest Pinot Gris producers. There fruity version gives off hints of peach, mango and a little lemon lime. 90 points form Wine Enthusiast.
Ponzi Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, SRP 17, is a little different than the previous two with a hint of pineapple and lime. It has nice acidity with a bit of a spicy finish.
Left Food Charley 2011 Pinot Gris, SRP $18, from Michigan holds its own against Oregon’s best. I tasted this wine three years ago and loved the Gris and the winery’s other whites.
Oliver Winery does two different white Pinot Grigio wines. The entry level is a light-bodied white sure to please new wine drinkers for $12.50. Indiana’s Oliver also has a very limited supply of its first Creekbend Vineyard Pinot Grigio for $28.
Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve, $20, is one of the very best French names.
Howard W. Hewitt, Crawfordsville, IN., writes about value wine every other week for 22 Midwestern newspapers. Write him at: firstname.lastname@example.org