12 Great Recipes to Pair with Pinot Grigio
Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio, the wine grapes are actually the same. Gris and Grigio are simple French and Italian for the same word, "gray." The wines' accents, though, can be quite different. That's because the grapes produce different styles of wine depending on where they're grown and how they're handled by the winemaker. If you like a rich style with some spice, you might go for Pinot Gris from the Alsace region of France or from parts of Oregon and New Zealand. If you prefer crisp and refreshing versions, you might try the lighter-bodied Italian styles of Pinot Grigio. Either style is terrific with seafood and pasta dishes, vegetarian food, and chicken (fried, roasted, grilled). Here are some of our favorite food pairings with Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio.
Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta
There's so much about this recipe that recommends Pinot Gris. The smoked salmon, yes; the light creamy sauce, yes; the Romano cheese and mushrooms, yes and yes.
Add a splash of your Pinot Grigio to the skillet. Incidentally, carbonara is also a terrific breakfast pasta — though I can't quite recommend the wine pairing for breakfast.
Lemon Chicken Piccata
This recipe for chicken in a perky lemon-caper-parsley sauce wants an Italian Pinot Grigio in the best possible way.
This recipe is remarkably easy. It preps in about 10 minutes. It's just chicken cutlets with a smear of prepared basil pesto wrapped in thin slices of prosciutto and baked. Paired with a Pinot Gris, it would be an incredible winner on date night or any given Tuesday night alike.
White Cheese Chicken Lasagna
Save some Italian Pinot Grigio for this one, too! Ricotta, spinach, fresh parsley, a little basil and garlic.
Grilled Halibut with Cilantro Garlic Butter
Go Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc here. Or try them both side by side and see which pairing you prefer — you know, for science. Either way, it's a can't-lose scenario.
Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta
As with the halibut above, this recipe would also be nice with either Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. So here's a plan: Make the halibut one night, and sample it with the Gris and the Sauvignon Blanc side by side; see what you think. Then make this pizza for day 2, and sample 'em both again.
Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Scallops are another great match for Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio. Chef John has some pointers for perfectly seared scallops: "First, they must be perfectly dry. Second, the oil goes on the cold scallops, not in the hot pan. Third, your pan must be extremely hot, which means you have to use a very heavy, cast iron or stainless steel pan."
Pan-Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce
The white wine, lemon juice, and cream sauce say, please please Pinot Gris. Choose your style, and stick with it. Or don't stick with it. Experiment with different styles. See what you like. Have a ball.