Thursday August 16, 2018
Fosters.com, JoAnn Actis-Grande
"August 18 is National Pinot Noir Day and a great reason to enjoy a glass or two. Choosing the right wine is very important. Pinot Noir wines are easy to drink and an excellent choice which can take you through your entire meal any time of year – from sipping alone to eating appetizers, entrees and dessert.
It wasn’t that long ago when I watched the movie Sideways on a return flight from a wine tasting tour to Greece through the Peloponnese and the Island of Paros. The movie released in 2004 was based on a story of two men chasing the best pinot noir in central California, having an incredible impact on its sales. At that time, Greek wines were starting to become popular here on the Seacoast, while at the same time pinot noir was becoming as desirable as the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, with its sensual characteristics.
Long before the movie, oenophiles already knew pinot noir was one of the most-sought after wines. Some of the finest French Champagne and Sparkling wines are made from the pinot noir grape. Pinot Noir is referred as “the sensual wine” with a soft, silky, and velvety texture. The wine radiates a luminous garnet color; a rich medium-bodied wine that’s not heavy. Aromas and flavors can be found as diverse as cherry, strawberry, plum, cedar, vanilla and chocolate. Some pinot noir wines can be high in alcohol but they are not acidic or tannic making them great choices to accompany all types of food, any time of year.
Pinot Noir is fragile and hard to grow. The grape thrives in cooler climates, especially those with foggy mornings, warm sunny days and crisp nights. The terroir has a strong influence on the wines characteristics. Burgundy, France and the United States – predominantly in the West – produce excellent Pinot Noir, both with distinct styles and pricing. In the past decade, California (Santa Ynez, Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Anderson Valley) Oregon (Willamette Valley) and New Zealand (Central Otago, North Canterbury) Pinots show an increased sophistication. Some other countries producing fine Pinot Noir are Australia, Canada, Greece, Italy and South Africa."
JoAnn selected our 2016 Pinot Noir as one of herr six favorite picks:
"Produced in the northern part of New Zealand’s south Island. Bright raspberry and bing cherry notes are enhanced by a lively, spicy element and refreshing acidity."