Pinot Noir, UC Davis
Every wine lover should see the movie Sideways. For anyone who’s traveled through wine country, it’s all the more hilarious – a must see! One of the most memorable moments is an eloquent speech about why Pinot Noir is so special. For Pinot Noir lovers, the wine is much more than a sensory experience – it’s an emotional experience.
who knew that popular culture could have such a strong influence on sales? Pinot Noir sales soared after the movie was released, creating shortages, in spite of the simultaneous market trend toward strong sales of huge, concentrated “fruit bombs.”
What to Expect From Pinot Noir I say “in spite of” because Pinot Noir has never been meant to be a black, massive monster of a wine. While Cabernet comes in and takes command, Pinot Noir prefers to gain favor by whispering. Subtle, sleek, silky, sweetish red fruit with earthy undertones (and sometimes overtones!). It’s not unusual to notice slightly smoky, bacon-like character.
This is the ultimate food-friendly red. Light to medium bodied, by red standards, moderate alcohol levels (usually), and low tannins make it an easy-going partner for a wide variety of foods. Continue reading
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Question: Hi! I’ve always preferred white wine, but I’d like to start shifting into reds. What’s a good place to start?
Reply: Hopefully this reply will open up a whole, new and delicious world of wine! If you’re accustomed to drinking California or New-world wines, I’d say reach for the Pinot Noir! The French Pinot Noir is called red Burgundy.
Because it’s a thin-skinned grape the wine’s not too dark, heavy, bitter or tannic – a perfect transitional red! If you’re not familiar with tannin, many people who don’t like red wine eventually discover that they don’t like tannin. It’s the thing that dries out your mouth and makes your teeth feel furry. Continue reading