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Pinot Noir Quick Facts

Nicknames . . . “Pinot”. There are other “Pinot” wines, such as Pinot Grigio. However, when someone mentions “Pinot” in reference to a red wine, they’re typically referring to Pinot Noir.

Other Names . . . Blauburgunder, Spätburgunder, Rulandské Modré

Grape . . . Pinot Noir

Where It’s Grown . . . France, United States, Germany, New Zealand and Italy

Color . . . Rosey red to a deep red

Serving Temperature . . . Serve between 55° – 60° F

Storage Temperature . . . Serve between 50° – 55° F

Wine Glass . . . A large bowl with a large mouth. Here’s an example.

Best Used By . . . Drink within five years of the vintage date on the bottle.

Tastes to Expect . . . Red fruits such as cranberry, cherry and raspberry. You can also encounter vanilla, clove and sweet tobacco flavors.

Pairing . . . Anything from mushroom dishes and seafood like lobster to fish and even some chicken dishes. If you’re not sure what wine to pick up for dinner tonight, Pinot Noir pairs with just about everything.

How to Pronounce Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Fun Facts

Sales for Pinot Noir wines rose by 6% after award-winning Hollywood actor Paul Giamatti’s character praised Pinot Noir throughout the 2004 movie Sideways. Source

The most expensive Pinot Noir ever sold was a 12-bottle case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. It sold in 2013 for a whopping $476,280!

Pinot Noir gets its name from its color and look. Originating from the French words for “pine” and “black”, bunches of Pinot Noir grapes look like pine cones.

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