2018 Orso Friuli-Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio


This Pinot Grigio has hints of pear, banana, and acacia flowers wrapped in a slight scent of fresh apricot. For a varietal that is generally mass produced and flabby, this is a small production, diamond in the rough. Balanced and oh so fresh!

Organic farming practices. 

Pair with this Artichoke and Fennel Crudo.

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Pinot Gris / Grigio

Pinot Gris, or Pinot Grigio in Italy, is a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. Low in aromatics, Pinot Gris can range in a variety of styles from dry to sweet. In Alsace, France a Pinot Gris may be rich, full-bodied, richly textured, and high in alcohol. Whereas in Italy, Pinot Grigio may be much lighter with zesty citrus and green fruit flavors. Either way, if you’re looking for an easy white wine to sip on any occasion, Pinot Gris is the way to go!

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

In Italy’s Northeast corner is the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Depending if the vineyards are located more north near the Alps versus south near the Adriatic Sea, the climate can vary from moderate-continental (within the Alps) to warm (near the sea). Here, Pinot Grigio takes precedence, although many other grape varieties are planted as well. Pinot Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia tends to be more rich, with a medium-full body and juicy tropical flavors. Other grapes to note are Merlot, the most widely-planted black variety, and the native white grape, Friulano. Wines from this region can be labelled Friuli Grave DOC (within the plain) and Collio DOC or Colli Orientali DOC (within the hills).

The Orso Pinot Grigio is a private label made by winemaker Giampaolo Venica, of the Venica & Venica winery in Friuli. Venica & Venica is a family-owned estate in the Friuli region in the north-eastern corner of Italy. The Venica family has owned the Estate since 1930, when the winery was founded by the grandfather of the current owners.  The family also runs a restaurant on the property where they test their wines on their customers, and where their philosophy is “that the perfumes of the wine will lead you to the pleasure of drinking.”

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