The Pinot Noir grape produces some of the most exotic, sensuous red wines yet is notoriously temperamental.
The Pinot Noir grape produces some of the most exotic, sensuous red wines yet is notoriously temperamental.
Red wines that fit the bill are pinot noir, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon.
There are about 40 different kinds of red grapes widely grown for wine around the world, ranging from the light Gamay and Pinot Noir varieties, to the popular Merlots and Zinfandels and the heavier Syrah/Shiraz.
Other white wines include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Semillon and Muscat, which is a popular sweet wine.
If you wish to serve wine, lamb pairs especially well with a pinot noir from Oregon, California, or the Burgundy region of France.
Amity Vineyards Eco-Wine Pinot Noir - Notes of dark cherry, cranberry, and vanilla spice.
I recently put together a wine tasting to find out the very best Pinot Noir made in the US.
The year 2002 has been heralded as possibly the best year for California Pinot EVER.
The mission for our wine group was to find the absolute best domestic Pinot Noir of the past few years where price was no object.
Beaux Freres - Beaux Freres Vinyard. $75 Wine Spectator gave this Oregon wine a 95 rating, the highest rating it has given to a 2002 Pinot.
In a previous Pinot tasting we did several years ago, this wine finished second.
Williams Seylem was a no-brainer for inclusion in the tasting as Pinot aficionados everywhere recognize the consistent quality and uniqueness of their wine.
This is Helen Turley's tour de force and the most expensive domestic Pinot one can buy - if you can buy it.
Wine Spectator said "rich, smooth, supple, graceful Pinot, with layers of cola, raspberry and blackberry fruit".
Martinelli has a bevy of single vineyard Pinot's: Bondi Ranch, Blue Slide, Zio Tony and others.
These are the type of quintessentially American Pinot's that the French dare not to make.
This Pinot garnered a 2nd place and notably shared many similar characteristics to the 1st place finisher.
The vineyards grow primarly Chardonnay grapes, as well small amounts of Aligoté and Pinot Blanc.
Pinot Blanc: A white mutation of the Pinot Noir grape (the red wine grape grown throughout the Burgundy region), Pinot Blanc resembles Chardonnay and often grows alongside these grapes.
Only small amounts of Pinot Blanc are added into white Burgundies for balance.
Aligoté: A minor component of white Burgundies, is a member of the Pinot family and related to the Chardonnay grape.
Made from a combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, Champagne works well with almost all foods.
Martinelli is one of the Pinot Noir powerhouse winemakers in the Russian River Valley.
Many of the winery's Pinot Noir wines are spectacular, providing a rich ripeness you can only find in California Pinot Noirs.
If you get a chance to try a bottle of Martinelli Pinot Noir, don't hesitate.
Pinot Noir: This glass has a wide bowl and a turned out rim to allow the liquid to be directed to the sides of the tongue where the sweet and sour flavors are best tasted. The stem is shorter than most other wine glasses.
This Pinot is expensive but certainly one of a small handful of Americas great Pinot Noirs.
Since 1981, the winery has produced quality wines, starting with their 1981 vintage Pinot Noir, and ultimately branching out to include Zinfandel and Chardonnay.
Over the next 20 years the partners worked to develop small production run Pinot Noir wines that had a following of enthusiastic fans.
Their 1985 Rochioli Pinot NoirIn was the grand sweepstakes winner at the California State Fair, and Williams Selyem won winery of the year.
John and Kathye Dyson, purchased the winery so they could infuse their passion for Pinot Noir into their wines.
The 2003 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is difficult to obtain because fans buy the bottles as soon as they hit the market.
Occasionally, you may find one of these Pinot Noir wines up for auction or available on consignment for about $75, but the wine may be slightly past its prime.
They praised the long finish, suggesting it was one of America's great efforts in Pinot Noir wines.
All About Wine: Wondering what defines a Pinot Noir or a Zinfandel?
While the state is best known for its delicious New World style Pinot Noir wines, Oregon wineries produce many varietals that rival world-class wines from around the world.
It wasn't until David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards in Dundee placed a Pinot Noir in the 1979 Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiades and landed in the top 10 that Oregon found its true calling as a producer of world-class Pinot Noir wines.
What followed was a rapid period of expansion throughout the 1980s with worldwide recognition that drew the attention of some of France's Pinot Noir growers from the Burgundy region.
Today, Oregon produces Pinot Noir, Reisling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, sparkling wines and to a lesser extent, other varietals.
Oregon's microclimates in the Wilamette Valley mimic the growing conditions in the Burgundy region quite closely, leading to successful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay harvests.
Pinot Noir from Oregon tends to be powerful and earthy, a distinctive contrast to its French cousin, which is delicate.
Because sparkling wine comes mostly from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, Oregon produces just the right grape varieties to make delicious versions.
The Wilamette Valley is at the heart of Oregon's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay growing industry due to its temperate and wet winters and relatively dry summers.
Silt, sand, and sediment soils make this prime land for growing Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Reisling, Syrah, and Pinot Gris.
Varied soils and temperatures allow for growth of a wide variety of varietals including Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.
The region grows four main varietals: Pinot noir, Syrah, Pinot gris and Reisling.
Domaine Drouhin produces Pinot Noir wines made in the traditional Burgundy style.
Archery Summit also produces world-class Pinot Noir wines that have won many awards and consistently rate high in Wine Spectator for quality.
Argyle Winery makes Pinot Noir and other varietals.
Ken Wright Cellars specializes in Pinot Noir wines.
Beaux Frerers makes some of the most powerful and consistently good Pinot Noir wines in Oregon.
Champagnes contain wines from two grapes: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
While Pinot Noir is a traditional red wine grape, its juice remains clear unless left in contact with the darkly colored grape skins.
Winemakers may incoprorate many grapes, including Reisling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc.
True Champagne comes from France and is produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes using the méthode champenoise, a system of fermentation that produces bubbles by introducing a second fermentation in the bottle.
Many Champagnes use a blend of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
A blanc de blancs Champagne contains only Chardonnay grapes, while a blanc de noirs Champagne contains only Pinot Noir grapes.
This region is famous for its world class Pinot Noir wines, labeled simply as Burgundy.
Pinot Noirs from Burgundy are deep purple wines with flavors of plums, tobacco, earth, and dark fruit.
The region has 21 appellations, many that produce spectacular Pinot Noir wines.
The wines contain blends or singular varietals made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
This is a wonderful Pinot Noir, crafted by winemaker Helen Turley.
The Pinot Noir Series features California Pinot Noir wines from award-winning boutique wineries.
Parts of Mendocino and Sonoma are directly exposed to the sea and are becoming known for cooler-climate wines, Pinot Noir in particular.
Thanks to the ocean's cooling influence Pinot Noir and Chardonnay do particularly well throughout the entire region.
Unfortunately much of the San Francisco Bay area is too expensive to profitably produce wine though the conditions promise to be ideal for Pinot Noir production.
Or perhaps you feel rather spendy and want to try high-end Pinot Noirs over $30…it works the same.
If you bought a bottle of Pinot Noir for $50 off a mailing list and could turn around and sell it to someone who was not on the mailing list, they will pay you handsomely for it.
This is a good wine, and an easy choice if you are looking for a pinot noir.
Rochioli Vineyards are a stellar producer of wines, most notably Pinot Noir, with their winery located in the Russian River Valley region of Sonoma County.
The World of Pinot Noir brings wine enthusiasts and some of the world's best Pinot Noir producers together annually for a weekend celebration.
For Pinot Noir lovers there is a must-do event that celebrates the grape and the culture surrounding it: World of Pinot Noir.
This event brings growers, winemakers, and lovers of the pinot noir grape together to celebrate this varietal in style.
World of Pinot Noir is two days of "education, tastings and camaraderie" as it states on their website.
Zinfandel lovers have ZAP, and Pinot Noir lovers have World of Pinot Noir.
In the afternoon, the event hosted a debate about alcohol and balance in Pinot Noir.
Later, the West Coast went head to head in a California versus Oregon Pinot Noir tasting.
Friday and Saturday offers participants the chance to taste wines from 45-50 different Pinot Noir producers from the country (and a few outside the country).
The first year of WOPN (World of Pinot Noir)featured the producer Domaine de la Romanee Conti, arguably the most sought after pinot noir in the world.
Producers from every Pinot Noir house in the state bring their wines to share, and you can frequently find gems sitting at every table.
The evening finishes with dancing and people walking around sharing their special Pinot Noir with everyone else.
The event is not to be missed if you are a fan of Pinot Noir, but it is not for the faint of heart.
By reputation, Siduri is one of California's top wineries for Pinot Noir.
Their Pisoni Vineyard Pinot is made from the much-prized Pinot Noir grapes from the Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
It's an emerging region known for Chardonnay but with special promise for Pinot Noir.
Siduri's 2002 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot is a good example from the Santa Lucia Highlands.
It's a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault and was bred back in 1925.
Fortunately, Pinotage wines lean more towards its biological Pinot Noir heritage rather than its Cinsault genes and make for good medium-bodied wines that match with food very well.
Pinot Blanc is not typically an evocative white wine that sends tingles up and down the spine of white wine drinkers.
Actually, that lackluster impression may derive from the confusion about Pinot Blanc's identity and origin.
However, what is called Pinot Blanc in Australia may be a misnomer and in fact may be Chardonnay.
Not that we've figured it out up here, apparently some of the Pinot Blanc grown in California is Melon de Bourgogne, go figure.
To clear the confusion up, some grape geneticists were intrigued enough to investigate and they determined that Pinot Blanc is actually a cousin to Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir rather than Chardonnay.
That family tree notwithstanding, much of Pinot Blanc that is produced is assume to be a lightweight Chardonnay without its complex flavors.
Fess Parker's Pinot Blanc reminds me less of a Chard and more of a Loire version of it, and, more importantly, an enjoyable one.
The white wine Pinot Grigio is rapidly growing in popularity.
The Italian wine grape is also known as Pinot Gris in France, and many other wine growing regions.
For the most part, Italy's pale straw-colored Pinot Grigio is often described as innocuous and one has to dig deep to find a descriptive adjective for this indistinct white wine.
On the positive side, Pinot Grigios are dry whites with crisp acidity that easily accompany food and are quite popular.
But Pinot Grigio more often than not will disappoint rather than soar to an elevated plane.
It would be great to say that the Italian version of Pinot Grigio represents the pinnacle wine of this varietal.
In Oregon it goes by the Pinot Gris tag, and they are solid white wines with seductive appeal of spiciness, aromatics, and melon or pear fruit flavors.
Pinot Grigio is grown all over Italy, from the north at the foot of the Alps down to the sole of the boot and into Sicily.
However, in general Italy's northeast is the region to find Pinot Grigio, and the bulk of it is spread out in the Tre-Venezie region that includes Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, and the Veneto.
This region is known for its stylish white wines, dominated by Soave but including other varietals such as Pinot Bianco, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco, and Chardonnay.
The region is heavily planted with Pinot Grigio and while seemingly a varietal with meager personality, the wine is one of Italy's most popular.
Noteworthy Pinot Grigios can be found in the DOC of Collio Goriziano located on the border of Slovenia.
If Pinot Grigio shines anywhere, it is in this region.
If you know a wine snob or have pretensions to be one, Pinot Grigio is one of the most widely sneered at wines in the world.
Pinot Grigio's saving grace is its bone-dry and sprightly acidity that makes it a natural companion to seafood, particularly shellfish, fowl, light pastas, and cheese.
Pinot Grigio may owe much of its tremendous popularity to its quaffability.
Torii Mor is located in Dundee, smack dab in the middle of Oregon Pinot Noir country.
It's a boutique winery founded by Donald Olson, M.D., and he primarily handcrafts wines from Pinot Noir in small lots from selected vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley and other parts of Oregon.
His wines express the Burgundian style that Oregon is noted for and the Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2003 fits the mold.
The winery makes wonderful Pinot Noir wines, as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Muscat Alexander.
For instance, if the wine in your basket is a Burgundy, include Pinot Noir glasses and foods that pair well with the wine.
The 2005 version of their medium-bodied Mendocino County Pinot Noir from some unnamed winery is succulent, fruit-rich, and balanced.
For right now, this is a fully realized Pinot Noir with an elegant nose of raspberry, strawberry, and violet flowers.
Chances are that in 2011 and beyond, this Pinot Noir is well past its prime.
MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a classic Pinot Noir with a strong character and a hint of vanilla amongst the dark fruit.
By the way, skip the popcorn and watch it with a bottle of Pinot.
It also makes the climate and terroir of the Sonoma Coast interesting for Pinot Noir that's off the beaten track of others in California.
This Pinot Noir is an inexpensive and versatile wine to have in your collection.
This leads to uniquely flavored Pinot Noir that reflects the terroir of the region.
This 2001 Family Reserve Pinot Noir was made in the Santa Cruz Mountains about 50 miles south of San Francisco.
It's a delicious Burgundian-style Pinot Noir that tantalizes the senses.
Still, give Pinot Noir wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA a try.
The region produces excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
It was difficult to make a bad Pinot Noir in California in 2002, a standout vintage year with supple, juicy, and harmonious wines abounding everywhere, in particular on the Sonoma Coast.
Guess what you get from a winery like Williams-Selyem, one of California's elite standard bearers for handcrafted Pinot Noir?
If you guessed a great Pinot that entices with a steamy perfume of red fruit and jasmine, then you deserve a glass.
Fortunately, the winery continues to make amazing Pinot Noir wines.
If you can get your hands on a bottle, try the spectacular Williams-Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Bucher Vineyard, 2008, which earned a 94 point rating from Wine Spectator and promises to drink well through 2017.
They sold grapes for years to other famous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers until Lynn decided the quality of the fruit was such that he wanted to make his own wine.
The output of the winery is still rather small--about 9,000 cases or so--and focuses mainly on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (although there is a tiny bit of Syrah that they produce.
Wine and Spirits recently gave the 2003 Quail Cuvee Pinot Noir 94 points and just last week the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an article about the 2004 Pinot being worth trying.
Either way, Lynmar is a must for the Pinot and Chardonnay lover on your next stop up in Sonoma County.
Judy wanted to focus on making sparkling wines only, but realized that just making sparkling wine would not pay the bills, so again branched out to include Pinot Noir in the portfolio.
Littorai is a gem, and for the longest time a hidden secret among Pinot Noir afficianados.
It's a small producer who is making very limited production amounts of very good Pinot Noir from the North Bay.
Now they produce not only Chardonnay, but Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir as well.
These are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County with its cool and hot maritime climate.
This line includes several varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.
Napa is where Cabernet Sauvignon is king but the royal family also includes Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel.
Zinfandel is the virile and lusty kingpin in Dry Creek while Pinot Noir expresses nuance, finesse, and cherry sexiness in Russian River.
Steele is another winery to visit and Jed Steele is known for his Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Zinfandels and built his reputation at Kendall-Jackson.
However, some of California's best wine comes out of Randall Grahm's Bonny Doon for mirth and Rhône style wines, Paul Draper's Ridge Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon (think 1976 Paris Tasting), and David Bruce for some excellent Pinot Noir.
But some to try are Chalone near the Pinnacles Monument east of Salinas Valley, Talbott in Carmel Valley for beautiful Chardonnays and Pinot, and Bernardus which doubles as a double whammy rejuvenating winery and spa resort.
It's worth staying for 2-3 days if you like Pinot Noir and Syrah, actually a week would not be too long either.
So, for example, when you buy a red Burgundy, you are buying a Pinot Noir…it's how the whole system works.
An example would be to taste various Oregon's Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs and judge the individual wineries on their achievements.
Again, I stay away from the lighter wines like Pinot Noir or Gamay.
Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio are bone-dry whites with acidity that are easy drinking and unpretentious and very picnic appropriate.
When in doubt Pinot Noir will build your confidence.
Hartford is one of my favorite Sonoma wineries for Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.
Look for Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and excellent sparkling wines.
Look for Chardonnay and Viognier whites and Pinot Noir, Syrah and other Rhône-style varietals.
There are plenty of good restaurants, but go to the Hitching Post for a steak and conjure up that image of that dysfunctional Pinot lover Miles a la Sideways at the bar.
You will find Oregon Pinot Noir at just about any one of the hundreds of wineries in the state.
Speaking of the Willamette Valley, this American Viticulture Area (AVA) produces the most Pinot Noir of all the Appellations in the country.
The Pinot Noir grape is nicknamed the "heartbreak grape" for good reason.
Thin skin - The thin skin on the Pinot grape makes it difficult for the fruit to fully ripen.
Growing season - Pinot grapes must have a long and cool growing season in order to mature and fully ripen.
Oregon's climate for growing Pinot Noir, especially in the Willamette Valley, is perfect.
The Willamette Valley lies to the west of this mountain range, which is why the weather stays relatively cool -- the climate the Pinot grape loves.
If the wine on the list is a little too pricey for you, here's a helpful hint: most of the Pinots above come from the Willamette Valley, so look for other, less expensive bottles of Pinot produced in the same region.
There are over 300 wineries in the Willamette Valley and just about every single one produces a Pinot, so you should have no trouble finding a moderately priced bottle.
Does the warm and sunny state produce a better Pinot than the cool climate of Oregon though?
Conduct a little experiment of your own: buy a bottle of California Pinot Noir and a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir in the same price range from the same year.
And the valley is not large by other wine regions' standards, still, there are over 40,000 acres of vines planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Noir and other lesser varieties.
With the movie Sideways not only did Pinot Noir get a huge boost in sales and people clamoring to taste the wine, the Pinot growing regions became hugely impacted.
The three main grapes grown in this region to produce Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Their selection includes: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose, Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz.
These otherwise normally small, "mom and pop" type places all of the sudden had tour busses showing up with hordes of people clamoring for Pinot Noir-just like Myles in the movie.
Nowadays it has toned down a little bit, but is still a very popular destination, especially for Pinot Noir fans.
For the price, this winery has one of the best Pinot Noir's for under $20.
Their Pinot Noir is one of the best in the area…balanced, full of flavor and not overpriced.
Try the "Highliner" Pinot in which these guys are famous for.
Their Pinot Noirs are wonderful too and the winemaker is passionate about what he is doing.
Pinot Grigio gift baskets -The contents of this basket are centered on De Canal Pinot Grigio from Tuscany, Italy.
Many people just beginning to explore the wine world often wonder what type of wine is Pinot Noir.
To effectively answer the what type of wine is Pinot Noir question, you must first begin with a brief history lesson.
Since Pinot Noir has a history that dates back to the first century A.D., we'll just touch on the highlights here.
The Pinot Noir grape finds its beginnings in Burgundy, France.
When the Aedui fled, they brought the Pinot Noir grapes with them and replanted them in Burgundy.
Another legend has it that Italian monks, also invaded by what is described as a "barbaric" people, fled from their native Italy to France, also bringing Pinot Noir vine cuttings with them.
The monks made and used Pinot Noir wine as part of their holy sacrament.
Basically, Pinot Noir is a bottle of wine made from Pinot Noir grapes.
To get the true Pinot experience, you should try a bottle that is made from 100 percent Pinot grapes without any blending of others such as Cabernet or Merlot.
Unlike Champagne, true Pinot Noir doesn't have to come from Burgundy, France.
Many countries around the world including, the United States, Australia, Germany and Italy make fine bottles of Pinot Noir.
Some will tell you though, that the best Pinot's come from Burgundy.
Pinot Noir gets its reputation as the "Heartbreak Grape" for good reason.
In the wine world, everybody knows that growing vines of Pinot is historically difficult.
Of all the grapes used to make wine, Pinot Noir grapes are the most susceptible to frost, mold and disease.
Pinot Noir vines are just as finicky and fickle as the grapes, which makes the grape even more difficult to grow and cultivate.
If you buy a bottle of young Pinot Noir, expect it to be full of ripe berry flavors with forward fruit and little complexity.
This is one of the reasons why Pinot is great for those just beginning to venture into red wines.
While an aged Pinot still retains some of the forward fruit flavors of its youth, it becomes much more complex in flavor and aroma characteristics.
Hopefully, the question of "What type of wine is Pinot Noir" has been answered with the brief history lesson.
As far as Pinot Noir's reputation of being the "Heartbreak Grape", well, don't take our word for it.
Pinot Noir is and elegant, yet sensuous dinner companion.
Pinot Noir is the sulky prima donna of grapedom.
Pinot Noir produces one of the most complex, hedonistic and remarkably thrilling wine in the world.
Pinot noir history is a long and varied one.
The pinot noir grape has been cultivated for centuries.
While it can only be guessed exactly how the pinot noir grape was transported and planted around the world, it was described as being very similar to today's vines that are grown in Burgundy in De re rustica.
It is known that Catholic monks were cultivating the pinot noir grapes in Burgundy in the sixth century with much success.
It is believed that today's pinot noir vines may be only one or two generations removed from wild vines.
The pinot noir grape is grown around the world, but it does best in Bourgogne, France.
The pinot noir grape will absorb the taste of the land where the grapes are grown, so it is very important to carefully pick where the grapes will be planted.
Some of the problems that plague the pinot noir grape may help to explain why it is so difficult to cultivate, even in what may seem ideal climates.
The pinot noir is an early leafing variety.
Sharpshooter Leafhopper - Like many other grape varieties, the pinot noir plays host to the Sharpshooter Leafhopper.
Leaf Roll Virus - The leaf roll virus affects many pinot noir vines that are ten years of age and older.
Birds - As with other grapes, the pinot noir is susceptible to birds eating the ripened fruit, perhaps even more so because of the smaller leaf size of the plant.
The pinot noir grape holds much potential if the right combination of plant and soil can be found.
Pinot noir history has shown us that ancient grape varieties may be as good a performer in today's market as they were at the beginning of recorded history.
The wine produced from the pinot noir is enjoyed today in the same way it was during the time of the Romans.
While "Velvet Mistress" and "Liquid Seductress" are not your typical Pinot Noir descriptions, they are the type of remarks that lead one to believe there is so much more to Pinot than what you can find on a wine aroma wheel.
The interesting part about tasting Pinot Noir is that for many people, it's where they started their red-wine trek - it's the wine that they moved to after only drinking white wines.
After that, they circle back to Pinot Noir because, on a different level, it has more to offer than just the light body and softer tannins.
For most wine professionals, Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France is the end-all be-all for wine drinking.
Before you find your own Pinot Noir description, it's important to start out the right way - with correct stemware.
Pinot you say…well, sure…but which one?
While falling short of telling you how much to spend or not, I would just recommend that you not spend over $30 or so if this is your first attempt at trying to nail down some Pinot Noir descriptions.
After you get a feel for Pinot, then move on and spend more money.
Most of Pinot descriptions come from the nose (smell)…so most of your time spent on the wine will be smelling it, not tasting it.
Sometimes Pinot can take on a velvety texture and smoothness that brings the whole wine together.
Try some different Pinot Noir from different areas of the world and see if you can find a common theme from each.
You may find that the "liquid seductress" seduced you and you become a lover of Pinot Noir!
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular wines sold in the United States today.
The Pinot Grigio grape is a copper colored grape, however, the wine itself is white.
An enologist at Santa Margherita, Giorgio Mascarin, developed the process for making the delicious pinot grigio wine in 1961.
The pinot grigio wine is made with a white wine vinification process.
Acquavite d'Uva Pinot Grigio - Should be served on its own or with dark chocolate.
Pinot Grigio wine should be served chilled in tulip-shaped glasses.
The Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio wines are easy on the palate and the budget.
It has remained as the top-selling imported wine from Italy and the top selling pinot grigio wine sold in United States restaurants since 1995, according to Wine & Spirits International.
Cook's choice - Tell your guests to bring a bottle of a particular wine, such as a Merlot or Pinot Grigio that will go with the meal you are preparing.
Drier wines have fewer calories, so try a glass of Pinot Grigio (or Pinot Gris) or Sauvignon Blanc.
Wondering how to serve pinot grigio at your next get together?
Pinot grigio is a wonderful wine that harmonizes well with a variety of foods.
There are dozens of Pinot Grigio wines to choose from, each with unique characteristics.
While this wine is excellent when served as an aperitif, choosing the right Pinot Grigio to accompany a meal requires some attention to detail.
How to serve Pinot Grigio wine is simple: first chill the wine and then pour it into a tulip-shaped glass.
One of the more expensive Pinot Grigio wines on the market at around $25 per bottle.
Consider buying a bottle or two of Pinot Grigio for your next gathering with friends.
Make it a theme…say "Favorite Pinot Noir Under $30" or "Red Wines of Northern Italy" and the list goes on.
The topography of the area allows grape growers to cultivate many different types of grapes, from hardy natives to more delicate varieties, such as Pinot Noir.
Some of the many varieties of grapes grown in the area include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Gewurztraminer.
They grow Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Lemberger and Pinot Noir grapes at their Savina Estate Vineyard and Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Lemberger and Guwerztraminer grapes at their Catherine Estate Vineyard.
This region commonly produces Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir as well as Reisling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat.
This region is well known for Beaujolais Nouveau, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Jura - Is a small region near Switzerland that primarily grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for use in red wines.
Grapes for Pinot Noir wine are very difficult to cultivate, grow and produce into wine.
Pinot Noir is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Cabernet Sauvignon, delicate and expressive, depending on where it's grown.
Pinot Grigio: Perhaps the most well-known white grape outside of Italy.
The grapes are so concentrated with terroir that they deliver focused flavors of fruit that provide clean, racy Pinot Noirs.
The region has a wide variety of wines that focus on three major grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Gamay for reds and Chardonnay for whites.
The wines come in a variety of varietals including Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Griggio, just to name a few.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are benchmark varieties in the Yarra.
I was responsible for making sparkling wine, using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
For table wines, the balancing of fruit sweetness from the warm lower elevations with the crisp acidity from the upper valley is the key to producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Winemakers use many different methods for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, however the least intrusive are generally the most effective such as natural, wild fermentations.
The modern day Pinot Noirs from the Yarra Valley are beautifully fragrant, elegant and savory wines, and the Chardonnays are crisp yet complex wines with world class structure.
If you are looking for red wines that will please many palettes, consider California Pinot Noir wines.
Although many wine names refer to the region in which they are grown, "Pinot Noir" is a type of grape.
The Pinot Noir grape is very difficult to grow, but the resulting wine is well worth the effort.
Pinot Noir is typically a lighter red wine with fruity notes such as berries and plum and can range towards the earthy, woodsy side as well.
Although a lot of Pinot Noir comes from France's Burgundy region, California produces many high-quality Pinot Noir wines.
Pinot Noir rose to popularity as the wine of choice in the movie "Sideways."
While some Pinot Noir comes from Oregon, Washington State and even Michigan and New York, California is the United States' top producer.
Some people believe that California's climate is too warm for the finicky Pinot Noir grape, however, through the process of cloning, hardier versions have persisted.
This dispels the myth that Pinot Noir wines in California are all light and fruity.
Like most types of wines, Pinot Noir runs this basic gamut.
Ask your server, or better yet the sommelier, for Pinot Noir recommendations based on your personal preferences.
Also, look out for wine tastings at your local wine shop, which are great opportunities to sample until you find the right Pinot Noir for you.
Visit many different wineries that produce Pinot Noirs and taste away.
It's so difficult to answer the question as to who makes the best Pinot Noir because what people consider the best is so subjective.
Pinot Noir has a reputation for being fickle and difficult to grow.
Occasionally, especially with those new to wine, people may find it difficult to properly pronounce certain names and Pinot Noir happens to be one of those names.
Famed winemaker André Tchelistcheff, credited with defining the wine styles of California once said "God made Cabernet whereas the Devil made Pinot Noir."
When winemakers set out to make Pinot, much less the best Pinot, it is an undertaking of complete devotion to this temperamental grape.
So, amongst all the vintners in the world, which wineries have become masters of this grape and who makes the best Pinot Noir?
Many will say that Pinot's from the Burgundy region of France are the best in the world.
It is true, many of the best Pinot's come out of Burgundy, but they can be a bit on the pricey side.
If you're willing to shell out a couple of extra bucks for a Pinot from Burgundy, you will not be disappointed.
Of course, there are many other Pinot's made around the world that people consider amongst the best.
Here is a quick list of some of the best Pinot's around, separated by price.
The truth is, no one winery can ever claim to be "the best" at making Pinot Noir.
As you can see from the above lists, some more expensive Pinot's are rated the same as some of the least expensive.
For instance, the Bordeaux region of France is known for growing red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc while the Burgandy region is primarily known for growing Pinot Noir grapes.
Varietals include Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot and Pinot Noir, just to name a few.
Red Burgundy wines are made of Pinot Noir or Beaujolais (but not blends of the two - they are separate wines).
Champagne-style wines are usually a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Menieur; however, there is a sub-style of Champagne that is known as a Blanc-de-blanc that is made solely from the Chardonnay grape.
Lighter whites, included Sauvignon Blanc, white Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio should also be chilled in the refrigerator for around an hour to an hour and a half before serving.
Pinot Grigio - A light white wine, Pinot Grigio is perfect with the rich and sweet dishes on your table.
Pinot Noir - Although strong flavors can sometimes overshadow this lighter-bodied red wine, it is a great choice for its versatility.
Pinot Noir is unlikely to clash with any of the flavors on the table, and it's a perfect choice if you're uncertain about relative's wine preferences.
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Blanc de blanc Champagne is made with Chardonnay grapes, as opposed to the traditional Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend of regular Champagne.
The Reserve Pinot Noir from Oregon's Argyle Winery is a consistently good, relatively affordable (around $40 a bottle) Pinot Noir.
Consider Bordeaux-style wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Burgundy-style wines made from Pinot Noir or Rhone-style wines like Syrah and Grenache.
Try an oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.
Include a light white like Pinot Grigio, plastic wine glasses, two outdoor table settings, a picnic blanket and non-perishable picnic foods.
It's often associated with a lighter, white wine, but some producers use red grapes such as as Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, lending a pink or light burgundy shade.
You may receive Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, or less-common Pinot Noir, Syrah, or Viognier.
Try Bandit in other varietals, as well, such as Pinot Grigio.
Vina Montes - Another great Chilean winemaker, Vina Montes makes produces a number of affordable varietals, such as Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc, and Bordeaux-style wines.
Biggio-Hamina Cellars in Oregon is an up and coming winemaker who makes some affordable wines, including a $25 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and a $17 Pinot Grigio.
Pinot Noir is made with an earthy red grape.
Burgundy wines are made from Pinot Noir.
Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine with a sharp flavor.
You may find that you like California Chardonnays or Chilean Pinot Noirs or that you have a favorite winery.
Have you ever found yourself wondering, "Should Pinot Noir be served cold?"
As with all other wines, Pinot Noir has an ideal serving temperature.
Pinot Noir has been gaining in popularity with the expansion of New World wine growing regions that cultivate the persnickety grapes.
The Pinot Noir grape requires rather specific growing conditions in order to create lush, earthy wines.
Great Pinot Noir wines were once the exclusive domain of France's Burgundy region, which is still known for making some of the best and most expensive Pinot Noir wines in the world.
Pinot Noir from Burgundy has a great deal of finesse, with soft, smoky flavors, a delicate mouth feel, and a warm earthiness.
Both Oregon and California grow and produce New World style Pinot Noir wines.
Pinot Noir wines from Orgeon feature bold flavors redolent with mushrooms, leather, and dark cherries, while California Pinot Noir wines tend to be ripe, lush, and juicy.
Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy tend to be lighter in body than New World Pinot Noir wines from the United States and elsewhere in the world.
Many people don't realize that Pinot Noir grapes are also used to make Champagne.
The Pinot Noir juice used to make Champagne is white because it does not spend any time in contact with the grape's skins, which impart color to the grape juice.
It is important to store Pinot Noir at the appropriate temperature in order to keep the wine from aging too quickly and to avoid "cooking" the wine, which destroys all of the flavors.
Additionally, Pinot Noir needs to be stored at a steady temperature with minimal fluctuations.
The ideal temperature to store Pinot Noir and other red wines is 52 degrees fahrenheit; however, a storage temperature that ranges from about 40 degrees to 65 degrees will work provided there is very little fluctuation in temperature.
It is a common misconception that Pinot Noir and other red wines need to be served at room temperature.
Pinot Noir wines benefit from serving temperatures of 58 to 63 degrees.
Champagne, also made from Pinot Noir grapes, benefits from serving temperatures of about 42 to 50 degrees fahrenheit.
The answer to the question, "Should Pinot Noir be served cold?" is no; however, it shouldn't be served warm, either.
By serving Pinot Noir at slightly cooler than warm temperature, you will give the wine a chance to shine.
If you're looking for a light and clean red at an affordable price, consider Acrobat Pinot Noir wine.
Wine reviewers and consumers are raving about this Pinot Noir, which costs less than $20 per bottle.
Acrobat Pinot Noir is actually one of the more affordable labels produced by King Estate, an Oregon-based winery specializing in Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
King Estate makes Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris under the Acrobat label, and both varieties sell for about $18 per bottle.
Aged for six months in French oak casks, the Acrobat Pinot Noir is known for its oaky nose and spicy taste.
The color of the Acrobat Pinot Noir is a rich, deep garnet, and it pairs well with almost any food.
The fruity flavor and smooth finish of the Acrobat Pinot Noir make it great for drinking at a cocktail party or enjoying on its own.
The Acrobat Pinot Noir is popular in the King Estate Winery restaurant and in other area cafes and restaurants.
Services like Vinquire let you check for local wine shops featuring specific labels and varieties like this Oregon Pinot Noir.
Online alcohol sales are prohibited in some states, so it's a good idea to check the regulations in your area before you buy this Pinot Noir on the Internet.
According to many reviews, King Estate has achieved its goal in creating an affordable, quality product in the Acrobat Pinot Noir wine.
If you are looking for a superb, smooth wine to highlight at your next party or enjoy with a meal, seek out a bottle or two of 2007 Tremani Pinot Noir.
Aged in 30% new French oak barrels, the Pinot is an exquisite blend of Russian Valley grapes that impart flavors of sweet berries, black cherries, raspberries and exotic spices.
He started with a vineyard of Chardonnay and soon expanded into growing Pinot Noir grapes.
When Fred partnered with his sisters in 1997, the grape varieties expanded to Pinot Gris and increased the Chardonnay selections.
In 2001, local winemakers helped Fred produce Tremani Vineyards' first vintage of Pinot Gris.
Tremani started making Pinot Noir in 2002 and have plans to produce Chardonnay in the near future.
Besides the 2007 Tremani Pinot Noir, the vineyard has Pinot Noir wines from other years that have earned favorable reviews, as well as Pinot Gris selections.
Pinot Noir-Reminiscent of classic Burgundy, this wine has smoky, lush fruit overtones with underlying light tannins.
Pinot Gris-Fruity and light, a great pairing with meats, poultry and fish or delightful on its own.
Reviews of the most recent releases of Tremani Vineyards' 2008 Pinot Noir and 2008 Pinot Gris are pending and should be available online by Spring 2011.
If you enjoy Tremani's Pinot Noir, sample a bottle of their Pinot Gris, usually available where their Pinot Noir is sold.
Pinot Gris is a cousin of Pinot Noir and was once produced mainly in the Alsace region of France.
Both grapes thrive in the rich soil and diverse climate of the Russian River Valley where Tremani Vineyards is located, which inspired the winery to produce their own version of Pinot Gris.
The Pinot Gris grapes have a unique color as well as a rare flavor.
Most wine grapes are red, purple or yellow/green while pinot gris grapes are tawny brown.
Instead of striving for the traditional dry, crisp Pinot Gris of France or following the lead of other wine producers who reduced the dryness and played up the sweetness of the grapes, Tremani's Pinot Gris is dry.
A wide range of foods complements the taste of 2007 Tremani Pinot Noir.
Pheasant and duck go well with Pinot Noir, as do lamb and dense, meaty fish like shark and swordfish.
Avoid spicy foods, as they tend to overpower the subtle flavor layers of Pinot Noir.
If you're looking for a silky and affordable Pinot Noir, then you're sure to enjoy the 2007 version of this wine from Tremani.
You can find a kit to make almost any kind of wine, from a late-harvest Riesling to a Pinot Noir.
Pinot noir is nearly the perfect wine pairing to go with mushrooms, truffles and risotto.
Try an earthy Pinot Noir from Oregon or a subtle Pinot from France's Burgundy region.
Select a wine to go with the brie appetizer, such as a Pinot Noir that offers fruitiness and earthy undertones to pair with the soft white cheese.
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