Guided Tasting: Pinot Noir
Are you ready for your first red? Open up that bottle of Virely-Rougeot Bourgogne and let’s get started!
FACTS ABOUT PINOT NOIR
This is Pinot Noir. Like the Chardonnay from Course 1, this wine is also from the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region of France.
Pinot Noir is a difficult to grow grape varietal and prefers cooler climates. However, cooler climates makes the grapes more susceptible to rot and other problems since the skins are quite thin – like we said, difficult to grow!
Don’t let its light color fool you. Good Pinot Noir can be elegant, aromatic, and subtle – its almost never big, intense, and oaky. It is generally low in tannin.
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PINOT NOIR WINE TIPS
Pinot Noir is a great ‘bridge’ wine – you can have it with chicken, certain fish and its great with cheese. It’s one of our go-to ‘dinner party’ wines. If you don’t know what someone is making for dinner, but they’ve asked you to bring wine…this is a great choice!
Since Pinot Noir is harder to grow, its not a ‘great value’ wine. So, if you’re looking for a decent wine for your weekday dinner, spend the money on another varietal. If you’re saving up for that special bottle…make it a Pinot Noir! The elegance and finesse of a great Pinot Noir will astound you.