Pinot Noir might be one of the easiest red wines to drink but at the same time it’s one of the most difficult to grow. The fact that it’s so hard to grow leads to a devotion not seen with other red grapes from winemakers, which makes it an interesting little grape, as it suffers from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation. Not to mention the bunches of grapes are usually small and so tightly packed that they are difficult to ripen evenly.
It doesn’t have to be International Pinot Noir day to crack open a bottle for a cheeky little taste, but because it is the global day of recognition we’re going to tell you some things you need to know about one of the world’s most popular grapes.
- It’s one of the oldest varieties in the world, Pinot Noir has been around since the time of the Romans
- It’s used in the production of Champagne, it’s one out of two red grapes that have to be carefully pressed so that the skins don’t break which would make the colour run
- It is produced all over the world with France notably Burgundy, USA, Germany (spätburgunder) and New Zealand being the biggest producers of Pinot Noir
- This wonderful varietal pairs with so many different dishes: salmon, pasta, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, pizza, shellfish… as with most high-acidity wines, cheeses and rich-creamy sauces are great pairings
- Warm days and cold nights are the ideal conditions in which to grow Pinot Noir, and this leaves only very specific sites around the world as ripe for Pinot production
- This wine ages very well, so it’s often best to buy something affordable this year and cellar it yourself
- Served too warm and it can start to taste too smoky and earthy, or served too cold and you lose the cranberry, cherries and raspberry flavours. It’s got to be served just right around 12℃ or even slightly chilled.
So why not buy a new Pinot Noir to celebrate the day! We’ve got you covered for classic Old World Pinots from Burgundy in France with more producers than we can list. We’ve also got you covered for New World Pinots from Canada (Tawse Winery), Germany (Weingut Fürst), New Zealand (Awatere River Wine Company as well as Domaine Rewa), South Africa (Cape Chamonix as well as Newton Johnson Wines). There’s a style of Pinot Noir for everyone, so drop us a message and we’ll help you find yours!