“The only stupid question is the question that is never asked.” Ramon Bautista

Occasionally, when I’ve poured wine, people have asked if I had any Pinot Grigio from Italy.  That’s been especially amusing when all that was on the sample table were reds.  Perhaps they thought a bottle might be obscured in an ice bucket (that was also obscured).  But regardless, I always recommended Kris.  It’s a “go-to” bottle here at “Mizer Manor” and another in my mini-series of recommended value wines.

Kris’ label has always struck me as strange.  But perhaps that is effective and its purpose.  It does standout.  Beneath the name “Kris” is a green hand print holding …. (are they) grapes (?).  Next to that is a red lipstick imprint and a gold circle.  The back-label states that “Kris Pinot Grigio’s flavor is as vibrant as its label suggests.”  Things like this make me happy I’m not in marketing. But I’ll give ‘em that the wine is vibrant.

Kris doesn’t sound Italian.  And its label is not styled in a traditional or classic Italian design. But it’s 100% Pinot Grigio and 100% from the Della Venezie region of Northeast Italy and you can’t get more Italian than that.  What you also get is a delicious Pinot Grigio that, at an ARP of $12) costs about half the price of a better-known brand.

Its nose is medium, more creamy than sharp and offers kiwi, creamed lime, floral notes (acacia) and a gentle note of mint (?).  On the palate, the lime carries on in a smooth and rounded style with interesting notes of jasmine tea and honeyed almonds.  Lemon marries lime in the mélange along with crisp apple rounded with a subtle suggestion of pear.  Other tasters enjoyed tangerine and apricot.

“Grigio” in Italian means “gray,” (attributed to the grape’s skin color). In the glass, however, the wine shows as brilliant light-lemon with a green cast.  It’s a perfect Pinot Grigio for your next picnic, lunch on the deck or summer get together.  But It’s also a wine that travels nicely from the picnic to the dining room table for more formal meals.  And I found it locally at $9.99 which should make you feel even better if you’re the one charged with buying the wine.
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Its acidity makes it food friendly with a wide variety of dishes. Creamy mushroom risotto is a natural as is any pasta in a white (or cheese) sauce (try a white cheese lasagna or Spaghetti Carbonera).  Lighter and more causally, enjoy it with a light lunch of tuna salad and fruit.  Tossed green salads?  Sure! Chicken breasts wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with basil pesto from the garden.  Or go with your instincts and make a chicken or any style of fish piccata. Then again, it’s fine on the deck by itself at day’s end watching the sun go down.


Ramon Bautista didn’t just say it. He believed it, and he was right.  Were it not for people asking me to recommend a value Pinot Grigio from Italy, I’d not have a reason for explaining why I’ve been enjoying this brand for many years.   Thanks, Ramon and thanks to those with questions at sample tastings.  And now, if you enjoy this recommendation, you can lift a glass to Ramon too.

Alla nostra!
……………………. Jim

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The wine is 100% Pinot Grigio but blended from the three permitted della Venezie’s regions to yield a finished wine with an expressive flavor profile.  Veneto berries provide the delicate floral notes and almond finish. From the SW facing slopes of Montagna in Alto Adige, the sunny exposure contributes fresh citrus and notes of pear.  The Mulinat estate in Friuli (soil is well drained and gravelly) produces low yielding fruit of good concentration.

Country:              Italy
Region:                Veneto        
Sub-Region         Venezie
Elevations:          330-1320 Feet
Classification:     IGT
ALC:                   12.5%
Closure:              Twist Off
Imported By:      Winebow Inc. (NY, NY)
Rating:                87 Points, Wine Enthusiast. Which Also Rated It a “Best Buy”

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