9 Northwest Pinot Gris from 9 appellations

By on October 18, 2015
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Barnard Griffin Pinot Gris juice.

Rob Griffin, owner and winemaker for Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash., takes a look at just-pressed 2015 Pinot Gris. By the time Griffin’s winemaking team is done with this juice, it will be a clear white wine. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Pinot Gris is not only one of the most food-friendly white wines in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s also among the most versatile.

Pinot Gris traditionally is grown in the Alsace region of France, northern Italy and Germany. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it is Oregon’s most popular white wine grape, and it is the No. 3 white wine grape in Washington (after Riesling and Chardonnay) – and Washington actually makes about the same amount of Pinot Gris as Oregon.

The grape has shown a remarkable ability to grow in many areas of the Pacific Northwest, and we recently tasted examples from nine American Viticultural Areas spanning Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Click the arrow above to move through these nine examples of Northwest Pinot Gris from nine different appellations.

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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