Pinot Grigio: The Ultimate Poolside Wine

Posted May 18, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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Pinot Grigio is often misunderstood. To be sure there are a lot of PGs coming out of Italy that are - how do we put this politely? - not bursting with character. But if you really break it down, it’s no worse than Chardonnay, or Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s the same signal-to-noise ratio that you have to cut through for any grape in order to find truly great wines.

That’s why we’re here.

Now that it’s heating up, you need something to sip as you lounge by the pool. Pinot Grigio is that wine. Here are some perfect examples of that:

2013 Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

If there is only one Pinot Grigio you try this summer, it absolutely needs to be this one. Full stop. We are so ridiculously into this wine, we want to buy it a house and move in and make a lifetime of memories with it. This is a dramatically rich, tropical, bright interpretation of PG that pretty much eclipses everything else in its price range. If you’re not hot on Pinot Grigio, this wine will change your mind!

2013 Sant'anna Goccia Pinot Grigio

Situated between Piave and Friuli, the lesser-known DOC of Lison-Pramaggiore is known for its reds, but produces whites that can compete with either of its better-known neighbors. The Goccia is lighter than the Nals, but showcases an immaculate nose of white flowers. Whether it’s a light dish, or a star-lit night, the Goccia is an elegant pairing.

2014 Molino A Vento Pinot Grigio

When you’re throwing a party, and you need to stock up on a couple cases of “white”, this is your guy. Cheap, delicious, and replete with notes of apricot and and white flower, this is an easy go-to that will keep all your guests happy. The real question now is whether you'll have enough pool noodles, but we really can't help with that.


Product Label.

Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio Alto...

91 James Suckling - Jamessuck...

Item: 86010

750 mL

Retail: $19.99

$15.99 per btl

Item: 87601

750 mL

Retail: $12.99

$9.99 per btl

Item: 87891

750 mL

Retail: $18.99

$14.99 per btl