Often called the "poor man's Chardonnay," Pinot Blanc is indeed related to the world's most famous white wine. As the name suggests, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are close relations, too. But Pinot Blanc has a gentle appeal entirely of its own. Good examples from Alsace have a slightly smoky character. Fresh, clean, flowery, and smooth to the finish, these wines show soft, fruity acidity.