FIND OUT WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT. PINOT NOIR IS A DELICIOUS RED WINE YOU SHOULD BE TRYING RIGHT NOW!


Pinot Noir, pronounced pee-noh nwahr, is the most provocative, fickle, and mysterious varietal grown. The challenge is rooted in Pinot’s precise needs – perfect climate, just the right amount of oak, and precise amount of tannins to ensure a silky and pleasing feel. Pinot Noir, known as Red Burgundy in other parts of the world, can inspire the classic love-hate relationship. When it’s good, it can be very, very good. The worst can be green and bitter. Pinot Noir is grown around the world with some top notch versions coming right from your back yard here in the US!

Flavor Profile: Pinot Noir provides the flavor of red berries, cherries, pomegranate, blackberries, plums, and occasionally takes on an earthy tone depending on the growing conditions. A better description however, was uttered by Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair who wrote "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." They should add that to every label of Pinot Noir produced around the world!

Wine and Food Pairings: The darling of sommeliers, Pinot Noir is one of the most food-friendly red wine. It’s almost like a white wine in red wine clothing because it’s soft on tannin, long on acidity, and chock-full of fruit and food-related flavors. The qualities of both white and red wines give it incredible flexibility. Some famous pairings include lamb, poultry (especially coq au vin), mushrooms, and cheese. Milder, grilled fish and roasted meat is sublime with Pinot. Too much cream, boldness, or spiciness can dominate Pinot’s subtlety.


Interesting Facts About Pinot Noir:

-Pinot Noir means Pine and Black in French. The grape gets this name because the cluster resembles a tight pine cone.


- Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon calls Pinot "sex in a glass". It’s as good as Mr. Fleischman’s quote from above but more to the point.

-Need another reason to drink Pinot Noir?