What is Pinot Grigio?

The Grey Grape

Pinot grigio is the wine... an insanely delicious one. but now that we’ve established that, let’s get technical! “pinot grigio” is the Italian name for the french “pinot gris”. “pinot” is the name of the grape variety, and “gris” just means “grey” (a reference to the color of its magical juices). this baddie’s been around since the middle ages in Burgundy, France. the pinot gris is the white mutation of the pinot noir grape family, which makes red wines. a mutation, you ask? yes, since the wine made from the grape isn’t left in contact with the stems or skins, it’s a beautiful pale golden color as opposed to a mysterious dark red. in order to create a more neutral flavor profile, the pinot grigio grapes are usually harvested early to retain acidity and minimize fruitiness.

How Many Carbs are in Pinot Grigio?

Low Carb Life

From Kim Kardashian to Lebron James it seems like low carb diets are all the rage right now. What is a low carb diet? Glad you asked! A low carb diet limits the number of total carbohydrates in a day to 20 to 60 grams. Lowering the daily value of carbs has many health benefits such as reduced appetite, weight loss, and increased levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. If you're worried about how you’re going to fit your favorite alcoholic drink (obviously wine!)  into your new low carb diet don't worry we got you covered. Since wine bottles don't print nutrition facts that list the daily value or total carbohydrate we’ll have to do a little research to determine which wines fit best into a low carb diet.  

Count the Carbs

Most of the carbs in wine come from unfermented sugar. Because pinot grigio is a dry wine it has little to no residual sugar therefore it has fewer carbs compared to other wines. Among low carb dieters, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio are fan favorites. This is because they only have 3 grams of carbs for a 5-ounce glass (a typical serving). Other dry white wines like riesling and Chenin blanc have 5g of carbs per typical serving. Ok, enough chatting! Let’s pour a glass. 

What Does Pinot Grigio Taste Like

Pinot Grigio is your new BFF

Pinot Grigio is one of the most approachable white wines. Consider Pinot Grigio to be the perfect friend at the party -- she’s fun, pleasant, and keeps the mood light. Because she’s so unassuming, easy to get along with, and goes with pretty much everything some critics will say she is boring. But her light and refreshing characteristics just make her perfect in our eyes. Pinot Grigio tends to have citrus, green apple, and mineral characteristics. This all depends on the grapes of course! If you prefer a light & simple flavor profile, Pinot Grigio is the ticket to a refreshingly good time. 

Is Pinot Grigio Dry or Sweet?

Where’s the Sugar?

If you didn’t already know, wine first starts out as grape juice with plenty of natural sugar. The fermentation process turns that sugar into carbon dioxide and alcohol. This process can leave behind residual sugar and this is what classifies a wine into a dry or sweet wine. Simply put, dry wines have less than 10 grams of sugar per liter and sweet wines have 30 grams (or more) per liter. 

Can Dry Taste Sweet? 

Your perception is everything! Sometimes dry wines can taste sweet because of the tannins. Tannins can cause a drying sensation in our mouths. The more tannins the drier the wine will seem. And vice versa! 

What about Pinot Grigio? 

Pinot Grigio is considered very dry. This has a lot to do with the high acidity and tannins (like we previously mentioned.) There are always exceptions to the rule -- don’t forget the slightly sweet Pinot Gris from Alsace, France.