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Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris (pronounced "PEE-no gree") is Oregon's second-most-popular grape after Pinot Noir. It may well be the ultimate food wine, thanks to its fresh fruit flavors, versatility, bright acidity and youthful approachability.

Washington, too, is making a good amount of Pinot Gris with success. But it might be British Columbia's Okanagan Valley where Pinot Gris shines next. The northerly climes provide great natural acidity and clean, fresh flavors that pair beautifully with the abundant seafood served in the restaurants of Vancouver and Victoria.