Pinot Gris is an excellent food wine with good acidity and pleasant aromas of citrus and honey. This aromatic white wine pairs well with many different dishes, especially spicy food and fish dishes. This food pairing guide will help you find the best food for Pinot Gris.
Published February 9th 2021
Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but the styles differ a lot. While the Pinot Grigio style is known for its light and refreshing style, Pinot Gris is a rich wine with a slightly oily texture and characteristic honey flavours. It can be made both dry and sweet. In this food pairing guide you will find everything you need to know about how to pair Pinot Gris with food.
Pinot gris is a white wine grape which is originally from Burgundy in France. It gives aromatic white wines with a touch of sweetness. The name comes from the French words for "Pine" and "Grey" and refers to the pine cone-shapes grape clusters on the vines as well as the dusty grey/pink color of the skin of the grapes. Wines made of Pinot Gris often have deep yellow or golden color.
The grape is also called Pinot Grigio and Grauburgunder depending on where it is grown. Pinot Gris usually refers to the wine style made in Alsace in France.
Pinot Gris is sometimes used in blends, but it is mostly made as a single varietal. The aromas and the style vary depending on where the wine is made, but Pinot Gris wines usually have notes of stonefruit, apple, honey and sweet spices. The grape has medium high acidity and a natural sweetness. Pinot Gris are usually made in three different sweetness levels; dry, off-dry and sweet.
In order to find the best food for your bottle of Pinot Gris, you need to understand the wine. First of all, when talking about Pinot Gris it is usually referring to the style made in the Alsace region in northeastern France. This style is very different from the Pinot Grigio style made in Italy, even if it is the same grape variety. The grape is a pink mutation of the popular red grape Pinot Noir and its skin is slightly grey.
Tips! If you want to know the best food for Pinot Grigio, we recommend you to check our Pinot Grigio Food Pairing guide.
Pinot Gris is an aromatic and versatile grape which pairs perfectly with many different dishes. With its high acidity, citrus flavours and hints of sweetness, it pairs perfectly with a wide range of foods, including spicy dishes.
When paring Pinot Gris with food, it is important to think about the following characteristics of the wine:
Pinot Gris should always be served fresh because it enhances the flavours of the wine. The ideal serving temperature for Pinot Gris is 9-13°C (48-55°F).
What is the best food pairing with Pinot Gris from Alsace? We would argue that spicy food is the best choice, especially with the off-dry style. The high acidity and the sweet aromas in the wine balances the heat from the food. The characteristic honey aromas will also be good together with many typical Chinese, Indian and Mexican dishes.
Cheese and Pinot Gris is an excellent combination - you just need to pick the right cheese! A dry or an off-dry Pinot Gris is an aromatic white wine with a hint of sweetness. This type of wine pairs very well with pungent washed-rind cheeses like Morbier, Raclette, Taleggio, Munster and Livarot. Strong cheeses like this needs a wine with a strong personality - like Pinot Gris!
Tips! In our wine and cheese guide you can read more about wine and cheese pairing.
The rich flavour of a dry medium-bodied Pinot Gris makes it an excellent paring with fish dishes with lots of flavour. Pair it with grilled fish with lemon, fish curry or oysters with spicy sauce. Any fish or seafood dish with spicy condiments will pair well with a Pinot Gris from Alsace.
A Pinot Gris from Alsace is usually medium-bodied, which pairs very well with lighter chicken dishes. Asian dishes with chicken, especially sweet and sour, will be great together with Pinot Gris. If the wine is aged the style is even more bold, which makes it a good pairing with duck.
Tips! Try a honey-glazed poultry with a glass of Pinot Gris from Alsace and you will be surprised how great it matches!
Pinot Gris is also a good paring with many vegetarian foods, especially those that are a bit heavier or more flavourful. Vegetarian curries and roasted vegetables will pair well with a glass of Pinot Gris.
Due to its high acidity and its aromas of honey and lemon, Pinot Gris is a great wine for finger foods and snacks. Pair it with salty crackers, spicy appetizers or foie gras.
A bottle of off-dry or sweet Pinot Gris is a good wine paring with desserts. The pleasant aromas of honey and spice will pair will with apple pie or nutty cakes. If you want to learn more about matching wine and desserts, check our guide about Wine and Dessert Pairings.