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About Pinot Noir

The origins and characteristics of this popular grape variety

Origins

Originally from Burgundy, pinot noir is also cultivated is various regions of France (Champagne, Loire Valley and Languedoc) as well as in the cool, temperate regions of the United States (mainly in California), New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.

This grape variety can be difficult to cultivate because of the thin skin of its grapes, which makes it at risk for diseases. Consequently, it requires a tempered climate, not too cold and not too warm, in order to protect the vines.

Characteristics

Pinot noir produces delicate wines with rich, complex perfumes of red berries (cherry, strawberry and raspberry), spices and violet. The colour can vary from light red to a darker, ruby red. On the palate, the wine is supple and has a distinctive freshness, with cherry and sometimes almond flavours.

Food & Wine Pairing

Pinot noir is a VERY versatile wine! Serve it with white meats, duck and oily fish such as salmon and tuna. It also pairs very well with tomato sauce based dishes and wild mushrooms.

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