Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Pinot Noir
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Pinot Noir is estimated to be more than 2,000 years old, originating in the Burgundy region of France. The holy grail of wine grapes, Pinot Noir has a finicky nature and chameleon-like tendencies in the vineyard.
Other regions with cool climates have begun to captivate wine drinkers with a wide variety of styles of Pinot Noir. Wine Producers in California are creating tangy, fuller-style Pinots with ripe, red berry fruits. Oregon winemakers are producing balanced, elegant Pinot Noir wines that are slightly fuller than the Burgundian models but with more finesse than the high-octane style of California. New Zealand and Australia, too, have achieved some impressive Pinots in their cooler regions.
The quintessential food wine, Pinot Noir will hold up to most hearty dishes, yet it is delicate enough to pair with fish. Delightful to drink young, Pinot Noir is one of the few wines that possess both approachability in youth and great complexity in maturity.