5 to Try: Picnic Perfect Pinot Gris

Every month, our 5 to Try series showcases five examples of stellar wines across styles, grapes, and Germany’s 13 winegrowing regions.

Germany’s crisp and refreshing white wines are enjoyable year-round, but especially under the heat of the summer sun. Consider packing a mouth-watering and zesty German Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) in your picnic basket!

Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir, so the grapes have pinkish skin but produce a white wine that ranges from pale yellow to deep gold. The German name, Grauburgunder or Grauer Bugunder, translates to “Grey Burgundian,” reflecting the grape’s origins in Burgundy, France.

Vinified in stainless steel or oak, German Pinot Gris runs the gamut from delicate, easy-drinking, fruity, and fresh to complex, rich, and age-worthy. It typically denotes a dry, medium-bodied wine reminiscent of lime, green apple, honey, and quince with fairly lively acidity.

Our selections below simply scrape the surface of the range of Grauburgunder ready to be discovered. Happy tasting!

 

1. Schlossmühlenhof Grauer Burgunder, Rheinhessen

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2. Königschaffhausen Hasenberg Grauer Burgunder Trocken, Baden

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3. Becker Family Pinot Gris, Pfalz

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4. Keller Grauer Burgunder Trocken, Rheinhessen

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5. Ziereisen Grauer Burgunder, Baden

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