DRINK DIFFERENT - THE FRENCH ITALIAN ALTERNATIVE
The wine world has its fads and fashions like any other, but even in this fickle environment there is one certainty: as soon as the sun starts shining, sales of Pinot Grigio start to go through the roof. With a fresh, Light style, floral aroma and even a slight spritz, they can be perfect for easy summer drinking.
Unfortunately, Italian Pinot Grigio has become a bit of a victim of its own success. Its popularity means quality producers have been unable to keep up with demand, and too much of what is now on offer is insipid and lacking character.
Cross the Alps northwards, however, and the solution is right there. Alsace is a region which has bounced back between France and Germany over the centuries, and its wine reflect this: fruity and fresh, but with the body and seriousness that you would expect of a French wine. Here you will find serious Pinot Gris (yes, the same grape as Pinot Grigio), with an intensity of flavor which only the best Italian versions can achieve.