September 14, 2020 | By Kailee Pence | No Comments

Wine Pairings: Pinot Gris and Seafood

Signature Pinot Gris (pronounced “pee-know gree”) grapes thrive in the Tualatin Valley and produce delectable, award-winning wines. The next time you are in the mood for seafood, pair your meal with a bottle of Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.

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Flavors of Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is traditionally medium-bodied, well balanced, crisp and clean with good acidity. The flavors in Pinot Gris typically include lively fruit notes of pear, apple and melon and floral aromas of honeysuckle.

Pinot Gris Wine Pairings

The medium-bodied Pinot Gris pairs well with seared or grilled fish while a more full-bodied Pinot Gris goes best with a meaty fish and creamy sauce dishes. There is no shortage of fresh seafood in Tualatin Valley’s dining scene. These restaurants use premium local ingredients to dish up tasty menu items you are sure to enjoy.

  • The new Grill68 Steakhouse in Beaverton serves delicious high-quality wild salmon, ceviche calamari, and coconut shrimp alongside filet mignon and ribeye steak.
  • Opened in 2019, Wildfin American Grill creates tasty Northwest dishes of fresh fish and seafood to pair with local wines. Try the Alaskan snow crab-stuffed roasted rockfish or the parmesan-crusted sole with a glass of Tualatin Valley Pinot Gris.
  • Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin offers a variety of seafood options to enjoy with a chilled glass of Pinot Gris while enjoying the lake view. Menu items include grilled salmon with sweet corn risotto, creamy lobster dip with pita chips, and jumbo shrimp louie wedge salad.

Where to Get Pinot Gris in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley

Wineries around the region grow this varietal because of the slow ripening season with a burst of heat at the end that creates ideal conditions for the Pinot Gris grapes. Here is a list of some local wineries crafting Pinot Gris to enjoy with your seafood meal.

  • Blizzard Wines in Hillsboro produced a Pinot Gris that is great to enjoy in Oregon’s warm weather with locally caught Pacific Northwest fish and shellfish.
  • Hawks View Winery in Sherwood offers an ideal growing condition for Pinot Gris. “The eastern-facing slope and Laurelwood soils, combined with dry farming and hand harvesting, allow for wines of great character and distinction.” The tasting notes of their 2018 Pinot Gris include pear, quince, green apple, and yuzu.
  • Another Hillsboro winery, Ruby Vineyard has crafted a 2019 Pinot Gris from grapes in their Merten and Roya Vineyards in the Willamette Valley. It is described as “a refreshing, high-acid wine that is perfect for warm-weather sipping.”


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