Most Pinot Grigios, offend called Pinot Gris, are fresh and fruity, intended to be served cold and consumed young. Flavors can range from melon to pear and some even offer a subtle tropical or citrus fruit, often there is a honey or smoky flavor component as well.
Pinot Grigio pairs well with light seafood dishes (e.g. shellfish, sushi, ceviche), light pasta dishes and assorted cheese combinations. Since this wine is fairly acidic itself, avoid pairing with foods that have high acid contents, like citrus fruits or tomato-based recipes. Perfect for pairing with a medley of fresh herb and veggie options.
A Pinot Gris offers delicious versatility for handling trickier salad and appetizer options. Choice cheese pairings include Muenster, Gruyere and Manchego.
These wines do not pair well with hot or spicy dishes.