Wine Flair's Wine of the Week,  an Australian number called Beyond Broke Road Pinot Gris 2018, is probably one that creates a little confusion.  That's because Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape, genetically. So why the name difference? And what's the difference between the wines? Well, and I'm going to generalize here: the main differences are where the grapes are grown--typically Italy and France but also in USA and obviously, Australia among other places--when they're harvested, and the styles of the wine. Pinot Grigio grapes are often harvested earlier and fermented differently, rendering the wine more acidic, more austere, with less fruit, and lighter-bodied. Wines designated Pinot Gris (the grape originated in Burgundy, France and was then…

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SAVOY AIN'T JUST A HOTEL IN LONDON The Savoie region of France isn't well known among wine drinkers in this country. Heck, it's not well known in France, either, as far as I can tell. Still, it's a place that produces interesting, if sometimes quirky wines, a stone's throw from the Swiss border and Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). The wines, mostly white, are made from Altesse/Rousette, Chardonnay, Chasselas, Jacquere and Rousanne grapes. They also make some light and lively reds mostly from Gamay (the Beaujolais grape) and Pinot Noir, and Rose from Gamay. Since this is a wine short, I won't get into all the AOC stuff. I'll just say that the whites, especially the Jacquere - the name of…

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