Northern Michigan Wine: A noble grape with a bifurcate soul, pinot gris in its Alsatian incarnation is rich and aromatically intense with stone fruit and floral notes, whereas the Italian model (pinot grigio) has crisper acidity and overtones of green apple and citrus. Pinot gris plays out its dual citizenship with equal aplomb in the vineyards of the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas where vineyard management and vinification can swing the wine to either extreme or land it in some delicious compromise. Rich or racy, pinot gris is an excellent pairing for Great Lakes fish like perch and walleye and equally suited to salads and soft cheeses. Read on for an early spring sipping of grand gris and grigio.
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