[PEE-no-GREE or GREE-zho]
Known as Pinot Grigio in Italy, where it is grown extensively in the northeast part of the country, this varietal produces quite a lot of very drinkable dry white wines as well as Collio's excellent whites. As Pinot Gris, it used to be grown in Burgundy and in the Loire Valley, although it has been supplanted there. However, Pinot Gris comes into its own in Alsace-where it is known as Tokay. Southern Germany plants it as Rulander. When fine, this varietal is soft and gently perfumed. Moreover, it possesses more color and charm than most whites.
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