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12 Recipes That Go Gaga For Pinot Grigio

Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio, the wine grapes are actually the same. Gris and Grigio are French and Italian for the same word, "grey." The wines' accents, though, can be quite different. That’s because the grapes produce different styles of wine depending on where they’re grown and how they're handled by the winemaker.

If you like a rich style with some spice, you might go for Pinot Gris from the Alsace region of France or from parts of Oregon and New Zealand.

Or how about crisp and refreshing? Try the lighter-bodied Italian styles of Pinot Grigio.

Either style is terrific with seafood and pasta dishes, vegetarian food, and chicken (fried, roasted, grilled).

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Photo by chibi chef

There's so much about this recipe that recommends Pinot Gris. The smoked salmon, yes; the light creamy sauce, yes; the Romano cheese and mushrooms, yes and yes.

Pan-Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce

Pan Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce

Photo by cookin'mama

The white wine, lemon juice, and cream sauce says, please please Pinot Gris. Choose your style, and stick with it. Or don't stick with it. Experiment with different styles. See what you like. Have a ball.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara II

Photo by abapplez

Add a splash of your Pinot Grigio to the skillet, like a libation to the gods. Incidentally, carbonara is also a terrific breakfast pasta -- though I can't in good conscience recommend the wine pairing for breakfast.

Lemon Chicken Piccata

Lemon Chicken Piccata

Photo by MamaLeah

Chicken in a perky little lemon-caper-parsley sauce. This wants an Italian Pinot Grigio in the best possible way.

White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Photo by abapplez

Come to think of it, this also wants an Italian Pinot Grigio in the best possible way. Ricotta, spinach, fresh parsley, a little basil and garlic. Yum.

Grilled Halibut with Cilantro Garlic Butter

Grilled Halibut with Cilantro Garlic Butter

Photo by cookin'mama

Go Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc here. Or try them both side by side. This is a can't-lose scenario.

Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta

Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

OK, now this would also be nice with either Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. So here's a plan: Make the halibut one night, and sample it with the Gris and the Sauvignon Blanc side by side; see what you think. Then make this pizza for day 2, and sample 'em both again. There are no losers here.

Pesto Chicken

Pesto Chicken

Photo by SouthernBelle

Pro Tip: Don't prepare this meal (and pairing) for anyone you don't want to fall in love with you.

Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

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Photo by Baking Nana

Scallops are another great match for Pinot Gris. Chef John has some pointers for perfectly seared scallops: "First, they must be perfectly dry. Second, the oil goes on the cold scallops, not in the hot pan. Third, your pan must be extremely hot, which means you have to use a very heavy, cast iron or stainless steel pan."

Bonus Video Break

See how to section oranges into beautiful, pith-free segments for the seared scallops recipe.

 

And back to the pairings...

Pork Tenderloin Diablo

Pork Tenderloin Diabolo

Photo by naples34102

In general, Gris and Grigio like roasted pork. You might also try roasted pork and sauerkraut with an Alsatian pinot gris.

Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy

Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy

Photo by MrsSpice

It’s hard to go wrong with chicken and Pinot Gris. With fried chicken, it seems right to stick with American wine. Try an Oregon Pinot Gris. Or grab a sparkling wine.

Roast Chicken with Thyme and Onions

Roast Chicken with Thyme and Onions

Photo by SunnyByrd

An Alsatian Pinot Gris would be a nice move here. As the onions and shallots roast, they mellow. The roasted chicken and mild onions would be great with an Alsatian Pinot Gris. In fact, onion tarts and Alsatian Pinot Gris are a classic match.

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