NIFTY SHADES OF GREY
The grapes provided nourishment, but more importantly, the raw material for making wine, be it used as a table beverage or for sacramental purposes.
In the wine world, consumers will encounter many different terms used in various languages to describe the grey pinot grape – Pinot Gris, in French; Grauburgunder in German; Pinot Grigio in Italian; Szürkebarat (grey monk) in Hungarian. The terminology harkens back to the Cistercian monks from Burgundy who word greyish habits. As they fanned out across Europe to spread Christianity, the monks took their grapes and viticultural practices with them. As well, they passed on these practices to the local populations who embraced them wholeheartedly. The grapes provided nourishment, but more importantly, the raw material for making wine, be it used as a table beverage or for sacramental purposes. The picture of the monks labouring in the vineyards in their greyish smocks left a lasting impression in the minds and on the palates of wine drinkers all over the world, however they may call the grape. Sold locally as Grauburgunder, the WG Königschaffhausen winery has ownership in the prime Vulkanfelsen vineyard located on the slopes of the Kaiserstuhl, in Baden, an extinct volcano. They choose to use the international term Pinot Gris for export. Dry, pale golden, this rich white is well-balanced and exhibits ripe tones of honey and spice with a pleasant earthiness showing up in the finish. Enjoy with smoked salmon, quiches, and our all-time favourite, baked puff pastry with a shiitake mushroom filling.