Get your Gris on with these 9 wines

By on February 9, 2014

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Pinot Gris is, in fact, not a white grape, as it turns pink when it's ready to be harvested. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit)

Pinot Gris is, in fact, not a white grape, as it turns pink when it’s ready to be harvested.

Pinot Gris has developed into one of the most popular white wines in the Pacific Northwest.

The grape traditionally associated with Italy (where it’s called Pinot Grigio) and the Alsace region of France has been the No. 1 white variety of Oregon. And these days, Washington produces even more Pinot Gris than its neighbor to the south.

And some would argue that Pinot Gris is a perfect wine for the Pacific Northwest, that its bright acidity and flavors match perfectly with fresh regional cuisine, particularly seafood.

Here are nine examples we’ve tasted in recent weeks – six of which earned our “Best Buy!” distinction for being $15 or less.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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