The Pinot Noir grape is a very delicate and challenging grape to grow, but so worth it when it is done well! It is one of the most sought after and renowned wines produced in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noirs are now grown in cooler climates in many other parts of the world: New Zealand, Australia, Oregon, California and Argentina are a few areas that are producing quality wines.
Flavor profiles can vary, but in general notes of black cherry, raspberry, strawberry, clove, cinnamon, cola and earthiness are common characteristics. One thing that makes Pinot Noir so popular is that the wine is very versatile when it comes to pairing with food. The wines are lighter in style and low in tannins. Pinot Noir is a classic pairing with duck, and with stews like Beef Bourguignon. It goes great with chicken and is wonderful with anything that contains mushrooms. It can be served with fatty fish dishes, and is especially fabulous with salmon. At the holidays you can always rely on Pinot Noir to accompany your turkey or ham dinners with all the fixings. There are many bargain-priced wines to enjoy, but there are some Pinot Noirs that are more than memorable!