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A Washington Pinot Gris

While Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape, the resulting wines can be very different depending on region, climate and winemaking styles.

Italian Pinot Grigio tends to be light in style, with crisp lemon and apple notes, and a short finish. On the other end of the scale are the richer, rounder, more unctuous Pinot Gris offerings from Alsace--lower in acidity and fuller in body.

Chateau Ste Michelle's 2007 Pinot Gris from the Columbia Valley falls right in the middle. It has aromas of orange peel, and flavors of pear, honeysuckle and spice. 8% Viognier added to the blend lends floral notes and a rounder mouthfeel. It's great with shellfish and cream-based dishes, and I even enjoyed it with roast pork.