Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a delicious, easy-drinking wine and is one of the great red wines to recommend. It is light and fruity, yet delicate and fine.

Pinot Noir Cheat Sheet

Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned red wine grape that makes some of the world’s finest and most expensive wines. For example, a Red Burgundy is made of 100% Pinot Noir grapes.

It is one of the few grapes that is made into red, rosé, white and sparkling wines. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Munier, Pinot Noir is the main grape in Champagne (the region as well as the wine).

Burgundy or Bourgogne (pronounced bore-gon-yuh) is the most famous and oldest Pinot Noir region where Cistercian monks have been making wine since the Middle Ages.

The Pinot Noir grapes makes light-bodied, delicate wines with soft tannins and flavours of Cherry, Raspberry, Cranberry and Strawberry. They age well, sometimes upto 20 years, and develop more earthy notes of mushroom, truffles, cloves and allspice. 

It is also a widely-planted grape in Germany, where it is called Spätburgunder. In the New World, Pinot Noir produces some great yet affordable wines in the USA, Australia, Chile and New Zealand. 

This wine pleases a lot of wine drinkers and is one of the safest red wine recommendations. Although the burgundies tend to be expensive and come with a long history and reputation, some of the New World Pinot Noirs made in similar style are equally good with exquisite taste and are available at great value.

Pinot Noir Food Pairings

Pinot is a wonderful light wine that goes with a range of food. The light, fruitier versions go well with many vegetable dishes as well as poultry and fish. The aged Pinots develop complex earthy notes and can be paired with gamey meats and mushrooms. 

1. Smoked Salmon with roasted vegetables: A light, fruity Pinot Noir pairs well with light fish dishes.

2. Vegetable Stir Fry or Ratatouille: Pinot Noir goes well with most vegetables since its light and the acidic flavours balance out the strong and earthy flavours of the vegetables.

3. Gruyere: This cheese is similar to Gouda but with a sweet and nutty flavour. The lightness of the wine and the earthy flavours of a Pinot Noir go well with Gruyere cheese.

4. Sausage roll or Mushroom roll: The smoky and earthy flavours of these rolls match well with the earthy notes of the wine.

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