Friday 30 September 2016

Wine: A charming Italian

Liam Campbell

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

The Pinot Grigio vine found itself in northern Italy when it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
The Pinot Grigio vine found itself in northern Italy when it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
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Ogio pinot grigio
Cupido pinot grigio
Primaterra pinot grigio
Bonotto delle Tezze
Corte Giara
Masianco Masi

The feminine appeal of Pinot Grigio has won over a wide following.

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Pinot Grigio: spring-fresh, light and seriously easy on the taste buds. A native of France's pretty Alsace region, its richer spicier style there goes by its original French name, Pinot Gris.

The vine found itself in northern Italy when it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before World War I. In the cool Alpine foothills it changed its name to the Italian equivalent, Pinot Grigio, and altered its style to a more slender body with gentle orchard and pear-like fruit and shunned any oak barrel influence. Essentially undemanding and unpretentious, its feminine charm has a wide following. Tasty by itself, the wine is also crisp and dry to partner salads and white fish and fowl.

1) Pinot Grigio 2013, Cupido, Venezie 12.5pc

An assertive attack by garden herbs on the entry that persists to a long after-taste enveloped in a satin smooth mouth-feel. Ideal with battered fish and chips - using a splash of the wine in the batter.

€9.99 at select Eurospar, Spar and Mace nationwide

2) Pinot Grigio 2014, Ogio, Venezie 12pc

A tingle of fresh lemons on the tastebuds with crisp mouth-watering acidity and a zesty lingering finish. Serve with prawns and peas in a cream sauce on spaghetti cooked with diced celery.

€10 at Tesco nationwide

3) Pinot Grigio 2014, Primaterra, Venezie 12pc

The neutral aromas don't prepare for the distinctly minty fresh and herbal flavours with a bracing and cleansing finish. Serve with a creamy chicken and mushroom stew enriched with melting wedges of St Killian camembert.

€13.99 at Martin's, Fairview; Fresh, Grand Canal Dock, D-Six Wines, Harold's Cross Dublin and drinkstore.ie

4) Pinot Grigio 2014, Bonotto della Tezze, Veneto 12pc

Grassy scents mirrored on the palate and accompanied by green apples and zesty lemon flavours. A crisp and classic Pinot Grigio. A perfect partner with a Caesar Salad.

€13.99 at jnwine.com

5) Pinot Grigio 2014, Corte Giara by Allegrini, Venezie 12.5pc

A hint of herbal scents. Delicious with mineral and lemon zest delivered in a silky texture and the herbs echo on the finish. Try with a salad of shaved fennel bulb and flaked cod in mayonnaise.

€15.49 at Egan's Food & Wine; Florrie's Fine Wines; Green Man Wines; Power & Co Fine Wines; Miller & Cook; Jus de Vine; Michael's Food & Wine and thewineshop.ie

6) Masianco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo 2013, Masi, Venezie 13pc

Muted aromas but intense flavours of pithy and zesty grapefruit in an attractive oily texture. Match with homemade smoked haddock fish fingers with a soured cream and cucumber dip.

€18.99 at O'Brien's nationwide; Molloy's Off-Licences, Dublin citywide; Fine Wines Limerick and select independent off-licences nationwide

Value buy: Butcher's Block Bonarda-Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina 12.5pc

Perfumed with violets, light-bodied and feminine style with red fruits and cherries. Lunch with charcuterie.

€8.79 at Marks & Spencer nationwide

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