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Try It | A Girl’s Guide to Pinot Noir

We went wine tasting with Lula Wine’s Jeff Hansen in California’s Anderson Valley and learned a thing or two about “the most wonderful red wine in the world, Pinot Noir!”

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Did you know?

  • Pinot Noir is originally from the Burgundy region of France. It was first planted in California in Sonoma County between 1850 and 1856 and the oldest pinot noir vines, still producing grapes, are at the Hanzell Vineyard in Sonoma County, Calif.

Describing a California Pinot Noir: 

  • The aroma (a.k.a. “The Nose”) — “like spiced cherries, forest floor, sandalwood and a bit of floral scent.”
  • The flavor (a.k.a. “The Mouth”) — “cherries, strawberries and raspberries.”

Ideal Pinot Pairings Include:

  • Salmon
  • Lamb or Duck
  • Tomato based pastas
  • Winter stew
  • Other dishes that aren’t overly spicy or as heavy as steak

Pro tip: The reason for paring the above foods is that pinot noir is lighter in body than say Cabernet Sauvignon, which is wonderful with steak.

Little known fact: Most wine consumers aren’t aware of the fact that most champagnes and sparkling wines (what we call champagne made in California) are usually 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay…cheers to that!