Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris – two common names for the same grape (Grigio is Italian, Gris is French). The grape is a mutation of Burgundy’s iconic Pinot Noir grape. It earned the “gris” for its pinkish-grey hue when fully ripe. Alsace, France produces a style with high acid and often some residual sugar. On the other hand, Northern Italian Pinot Grigio tends towards lower acidity and more alcohol. Identified by its trademark aromas of melon, apple and stone fruits this stone cold assassin has some awesome synonyms: Ruländer and Grauburgunder (Germany).