What is the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris most will ask? 

They are actually the same grape variety, however, Pinot Gris originates in France and across the border in Italy is where Pinot Grigio is known.

Pinot Grigio is typically lighter bodied, crisp, fresh with a touch of spice.  Whereas, Pinot Gris wines are more full-bodied, richer, spicier and more viscous in texture.

When pairing food with these wines – Pinot Grigio being lighter is best suited with light dishes such as fish or light appetizers.  In contrast the richness of a Pinot Gris works together with something

heavier such as veal chops, chicken casseroles and most hard cheeses.

So the next time you get together with friends, have a taste test and ask them if they can detect the differences in the two wines.