Pinot Noir is one of the most highly regarded red wines in the world and not only because of its undeniably fashionable name. It’s a deliciously bold wine that comes in a range of flavours from ripe berries to earthy mushrooms and is just as good on its own as it is when paired with a meal.
What is Pinot Noir?
Pinot Noir is a dry red wine that hails from the Burgundy region of France, although these days it’s grown all over the world including in Australia. The Pinot Noir grape is notorious for being one of the most difficult to grow, a fact that has probably contributed to its enduring popularity.
It’s so popular, in fact, that it has its own annual festival and even inspired a movie about wine snobs that led to a 16% increase in Pinot Noir sales in the months following its release.
As a lighter and fresher red wine, pinot noir should be served slightly cooler than room temperature, especially during the hotter summer months. So if the bottle has been sitting at room temperature you may want to chill it in the refrigerator about 15-20 minutes before serving.
Varieties of Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir may vary in flavour depending on where it’s grown. For example, Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be lighter with earthy aromas and a hint of fresh cherries; whereas varieties grown in California and New Zealand are often more intense with bolder aromas of sweet ripe berries, vanilla and caramel.
Food Matching Recommendations
Pinot Noir is surprisingly versatile for a red wine and can make a good match for everything from fresh water fish like trout or salmon to creamy mushroom dishes, white pizza and even richer meats like duck.
All in all, Pinot Noir is an elegant red wine that’s easy to love, hard to leave and difficult to forget.