100+ degree wine…Pinot Grigio IS THE definitive summer sipper.

Please don't put ice cubes in perfectly good wine

Please don’t put ice cubes in perfectly good wine

HEAT WAVE: A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. When the weather tops 100 degrees you need to turn to a crisp, light boded white wine, ideally with lower alcohol. One of my favorite summer wines is Pinot Grigio.

Pinot Grigio or “gray pinot” is the same grape as Pinot Gris, just depends upon where it is grown, and how it is described by the locals.

There are many different styles, and wines, made from Pinot Grigio, but some are better than others. The more “important” Pinot Grigio’s have some (grape) skin contact, which gives them a copper hue.

Here are some of my favorite Pinot Grigio’s (all Italian):

Vie di Romans makes clean, expressive white wines. Their Sauvignon (Blanc) would rival some of the finest Sancerres from France. The Pinot Grigio, has more substance than most, but is crisp, refreshing and enjoyable with/without food. Splurge- Around $30


Incredible VALUEBarone Fini Pinot Grigio– easy to drink, easy to find. Between $10-$15..


Livio Felluga, Another classic from NE italy. This is my go to Pinot Grigio. Hey, Howard Stern is worth more than $500 million but when he went to visit Jennifer Aniston in the Hamptons, he and wife Beth took this wine to her house. Around $20.


Please share your favorite Pinot Grigio…