While Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris may be the same grape, it’s somewhat fitting that two different names exist, as the grape can make two wildly different styles of wine. While Pinot Grigio from Italy is often simple and refreshing, Pinot Gris from Alsace is intensely concentrated and multifaceted, with flavors that include white flower, honey, apple pie, mushroom, and exotic spice. Alsatian Pinot Gris, while it certainly can be dry, often has some residual sugar and can be quite full-bodied.

See a new side of an old grape with VinePair’s illustrated guide to Pinot Gris from Alsace.

An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Gris from Alsace