Pinot Noir is a red wine grape from Burgundy, and takes its name from a combination of the word Pinot, a French word for its pine cone shaped fruit clusters, and Noir from its naturally dark color grape skin. Pinot Noir is grown primarily in cooler regions of France, the US, and Oceania, and this grape is recognized as being able to produce some of the world's best wines. This grape is the primary variety used to produce sparkling wine in Champagne from around the world. Our shop has some of the best Pinot Noir New York has to offer!
Pinot Noir as a plant is quite complicated to grow, but over the years it’s given birth to several offspring of grape varieties. In fact, there are 16 unique types of Pinot Noir grapes commonly grown today. Pinot Noir is now a popular grape that has become even more widespread over the past 40 years. However, this wine didn’t become significantly popular in the US until around 2004. Recent findings show that Pinot Noir is actually the 10th most widely planted grape in the world. You can be sure to find Pinot Noir from New York to California and everywhere in between!
Pinot Noir is also one of the oldest grapes used for wine with a long history dating back to the first century. Ancient Romans began enjoying it and due to its popularity it reached the Gaul regions, in what later became France. Much of its early popularity in France was because of its continued use by the Church and Catholic Monks of the area.
The thin skin of Pinot Noir grapes lends well to generating aromatic wines that are light in color, very low in tannins, and medium-bodied. Young grapes will produce aromas similar to cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, while older grapes have more complex flavors associated with them. However, Pinot Noir wines also tend to age rather unpredictably.
When aging wines, it’s important to understand how wine bottles are labelled especially before aging it for a long time. Many times you will find the letters DOC, DOCG or IGT on Pinot Noir wine labels. This is the standard classification system intended to provide a useful guide to wine quality. For example, DOCG is considered the highest classification of quality, whereas DOC is the main tier for most good quality wines, while IBT is just a step above your everyday table wine. Next time you’re purchasing red wine in Manhattan, be sure to check the labels for more information.
Due to the Pinot Noir’s red berry profile and complex flavors, it is perfect for pairing with many types of food. This red wine goes well with meats including salmon, tuna, chicken, veal, pork, and duck. Pinot Noir is often paired with Asian cuisine, depending on the dish and its seasoning. Because of this wine’s high level of acidity, it stands up to foods and sauces that are even higher in acidity as well. Pinot Noir also pairs well with most hard and soft cheeses, and don’t forget the pizza!