Pinot Noir

1999-pinot-noirThe second bottle pulled from the box of our Inniskillin wine clubs May selection made me feel rather “professional” in the wine connoisseur world. The 1999 Pinot Noir was still dusty like it had been just that moment pulled from the cellar.

Pinot Noir is most notably grown in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France as well as being popular in Germany and California. It is a difficult grape to cultivate but produces some of the world’s finest wines.

This red wine grape tends to produce a light to medium bodied flavour tasting of black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and herbs and spices like cinnamon, oregano and black olives.

Pinot Noir grapes

Pinot Noir grapes

Pinot Noir has a delicate flavour and texture so it should be matched with simple and rich foods like grilled meats, creamy soups and pastas with white sauce. Any dish containing mushrooms really showcases both the flavours of the food and the wine.

One of my favourite kinds of salad is spinach with warm bacon dressing. Here is a simple recipe that includes mushrooms.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing Recipe

What do you like to pair a Pinot noir with?

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