I am not an expert, just a discerning wine lover or amateur de vin (as the French say), but everyone has a different palate, likes and dislikes so it must be understood that any of my recommendations are personal. I just hope that you find them useful or at the very least - interesting. I also hope you enjoy my photos. It is more fun sharing then keeping them backed up on a hard drive.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Allure of Food-Friendly Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is known as the heartbreak grape because it is notoriously difficult in the vineyard but there is nothing heartbreaking about it in the glass. It is often the perfect companion for food – from salmon to duck to pork to filet mignon to mushroom dishes - it complements them all! Its elegant combination of earthiness and fruit make it very versatile to pair. Pinot Noir is lighter in colour and body than many other red wines but amazingly it has the highest number of flavour compounds. Dazzle your friends with perfect pairing using just one wine – and if you want to feel good about going local, Ontario does this varietal very well.
Go to QPR Pinots:
Albert Bichot Bourgogne - Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir - France - $15.95
Simple but appealing, red currant, mineral, ever-so-slight earthiness.

Flat Rock Cellars - Pinot Noir - 2010, Niagara Peninsula - $19.95
Flint, red cherries and slight earthiness on the nose. Lovely evolving layers of fruit on the finish. 



Giesen Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2010, New Zealand - $19.95
Bright red fruit - strawberry and red currant. Well balanced with lasting finish.

Le Clos Jordanne, Village Reserve Pinot Noir $30.00
Lovely red fruit, strawberry and cherry - good balance and structure