The ten best summer Pinot Grigios
Despite its popularity, Pinot Grigio is not among the top ten most planted grape varieties in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon takes the top spot and the most popular white grape is the unknown Irene – which just goes to show you can be at the top but no one has ever heard of you. But what about Pinot Grigio?
Of the nearly 60 million liters of Pinot Grigio sold in the UK, just over a third came from Italy, with much of the rest coming from the US, Australia, Romania and New Zealand.
Which came as little surprise, as you’d be hard-pressed to find a non-Italian Pinot Grigio in the wine aisles of supermarkets. In this regard, Asda stands out with its £3.99 Nice Drop, a Chilean Pinot Grigio, ranked 8th WineUncorked The top ten list and Germany’s Kleine Kappelle from the Co-op at number 7. But there are a few others that didn’t quite make it – look out for Australia’s McGuigan (£7.50, Co-op), Hungary’s Campanula (£9.99 , Laithwaites) and California Barefoot Pinot Grigio (£6, most supermarkets).
Wherever it comes from, the light pear and lemon flavors of Pinot Grigio pair perfectly with the summer sun and just sitting there with a glass in hand. It pairs well with lighter-tasting foods like seafood linguini or picnic appetizers, and is a great stock to keep in your cupboard. So why not go out and get a few bottles! The WineUncorked The top ten list will help you find the best ones.
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Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio 2021
You can buy Italian Pinot Grigio in other supermarkets for almost half the price, but Tesco’s Finest has a creamy apple and pear flavor with a lovely white rose aroma. The lemon finish tops it all off. Nice wine.
Casa Turano Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2020
An excellent fruity and refreshing white wine that earns a 5-star rating. An Italian Pinot Grigio, as you would expect, with a light apple and pineapple flavor. Nice wine.
SPAR The Letter Collection Pinot Grigio 2020
Simple and refreshing with a hint of lemon and a balanced taste of sweet pear.
Il Papavero Pinot Grigio 2020
A beautiful Italian Pinot Grigio with pear and fresh lemon with a hint of flowers.
Zaferina Pinot Grigio 2020
£9.99 Virgin Wines
A beautiful Italian Pinot Grigio that stands out from the crowd with its aroma – and it’s delicious too. Canned pears with apple and lemon peel.
Finca Las Moras Pinot Grigio
A really good white wine at a reasonable price. Refreshing fruity aromas of peach, pear and apricot make the wine warm.
Kleine Kappelle Pinot Grigio 2018
This pale yellow German sample tastes and smells like apple and almond pie. The wine has a slight splash (fizz).
Asda Nice Drop of Pinot Grigio 2021
This Chilean Pinot Grigio has classic pear and apple flavors. Do not drink this wine too chilled, as it will taste sharper than you may like. Therefore, leave it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before use.
Caparelli Pinot Grigio
A delicious and inexpensive Italian Pinot Grigio with a taste of pear and apple that will appeal to many.
Ali di Api Pinot Grigio 2020
£9.99 Virgin Wines
A simple and delicate Italian Pinot Grigio with flavors of fresh pear and sliced apple, and a light nutty undertone.
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