Aug 06 2010

Global Grape Series: Become a Star of Pinot Noir

There is no doubt that the 2004 film Sideways has been a boon to Pinot Noir, educating masses of casual wine drinkers about the delicate grape through its equally delicate protagonist, Miles.

What that audience might not know though, is that Pinot Noir is truly global—grown all over the world in microclimates perfect for the fussy grape.

So, if you want to know the difference between a Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, for example, and one from France, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and even Oregon, then you’ll definitely want to grab a seat for our next Global Grapes Series wine class, where we’ll dive deep into Pinot Noir, tasting and exploring the characteristics of each growing region—you’ll be a “Professor of Pinot” by the end of the night.

For only $25, you can join us for this special event on Thursday, August 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (click here for tickets.) In the meantime though, stop by Just Grapes to get a head start on your “class notes” by picking up a few these favorites:

Italy:

2008 Canaletto Pinot Noir, Lombardy, Italy [$8.39]
Grapes for the Canaletto Pinot Noir are grown in the Oltrepo Pavese hills in Lombardy, north-west Italy. The Lombardy region stretches from the mountains down to the shores of Lake Garda, with many different microclimates and soils in between. The essence of Lombardy comes from its plentiful supplies of water, with majestic rivers flowing down in to the region’s great lakes: Maggiore, Como and Garda.

France:

2006 Ambroise Pinot Noir, Cote de Nuits Villages, Burgundy, France [$24.79]
A really classic expression of Burgundy Pinot Noir. This wine has a perfect balance of still bright, aromatic fruit, and the earth, moss, and gnome foot of Burgundy. Perfect for roasted and grilled anything, great with prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and just ducky with duck breast. – Joshua’s Staff Pick

California:

2006 De Tierra Pinot Noir, “Silacci Vineyard,” Monterey, California [$29.59]

90 Pts – Steven Tanzer
From the coolest climate Pinot Noir in Monterey, the grapes of Silacci Vineyard grow in a windy climate, in decomposed granite and loam soils, conditions that stress vines. Bright red. Ripe raspberry and cherry scents offer striking freshness and clarity. Delicious, plump, and drinking wonderfully right now.

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