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Wine guide: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a black wine grape variety commonly associated with France's Burgundy region. Although it's known as "Red Burgundy" in much of the world, the grape can be grown elsewhere. It is, however, notoriously difficult to grow, requiring a long cool growing season.

Pinot Noir can be one of the most complex and interesting wines. It tends to be lighter bodied and have a lower tannin than other reds. Most varieties are fruit-forward and, depending on growing conditions, typical flavours include sweet red berries, cherries, plum, tomato and earth.

Pinot Noir food pairings

Due to its light-bodied nature, Pinot Noir may just be the most versatile of all red wines. It goes well with beef, lamb, ham, pork, poultry, fish and pork. It plays well with both creamy dishes and spicy dishes.

Pinot Noir producers

Some of the top Pinot Noir producers are:

  • Vincent Girardin Santenay Les Charmes
  • Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne
  • Château de Sancerre Rouge
  • Freeman Sonoma Coast
  • Casa Marín Lo Abarca Hills
  • Henschke Giles Lenswood Vineyard
  • Amisfield Central Otago
  • Taupenot-Merme Gevrey-Chambertin
  • Ponzi Vineyards Tavola
  • Woodenhead Humboldt County
  • Scott Paul Audrey
  • Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin

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