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Celebrating Pinot Noir Day

Pinot is a fantastic wine, but a temperamental grape. With its rich colour and complex flavours, it is largely considered one of the most hedonistic wines ever made. Elegant and berry-lie, its velvet flavour is the perfect addition to any affair. Pinot Noir Day celebrates this wine and the regions of the world in which it’s cultivated.

History of Pinot Noir Day

Every wine deserves to have a day dedicated to its consumption, and none more so than Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is so named due to the dark colour of the grapes, and the pine-cone shaped clusters they grow in on the vine. Showing a strong preference for cooler climates, the grape of the same name is grown primarily in Burgundy, France, though Willamette Valley, Oregon in the USA and Walker Bay region of South Africa both produce notably large crops. Of course, cultivating Pinot Noir is not a task for the faint of heart, for these grapes are difficult to cultivate and tricky to turn into wine.

Perhaps that’s appropriate for a wine that is both rich and complex. The skin of the grapes are thin and don’t offer the protection of thicker skinned grapes, and can be finicky during the aging process, frequently being uneven and unpredictable. The tight clusters require careful management lest rot set in, and this often involves careful management of the canopy.

For those who are willing to brave it and cultivate the skill, the wine that is produced is beyond measure. Pinot Noir Day celebrates all that is required to produce this wine and the delicious bounty that unfolds.

Our Recommendations

Paddy Borthwick Paper Road Pinot Noir £14.99

A multi award winning soft, juicy, savoury, medium-bodied red wine with cherry, plum, cranberry and cedar notes on the nose, black cherry, red fruit and clove notes on the palate. Easy drinking.

Simon Bize - Savigny Les Beaune 2017 £35.00

An intense expression of red berries, cherries and figs, with a lovely hint of spices and truffles. Velvety, complex, yet balanced, expressing notes of blackberries and figs, with an undergrowth finish.

Pierre Ducret Givrey 1er Cru 'Les Pretans' £27.49

The nose and palate is rich lush packed with ripe fruit. The first impression is of black fruits bramble and black cherry but there is freshness on the mid-palate with mulberry and raspberry flavours.

Riverby Estate Pinot Noir £19.99

A lovely, lusciously ripe Malborough Pinot Noir. Pale ruby in colour with intense aromas of raspberry and cherry and notes of pepper and lavender.The palate has a long, earthy finish with well-balanced tannins.

How to celebrate Pinot Noir Day

Head down to Morgan Edwards Wine Shop at Knutsford Market Hall and procure yourself a bottle of this delicious wine. Pinot Noir comes in many varieties that each carries the personality and taste of the regions they come from. Get together with your friends and each brings a bottle of your favourite Pinot Noir and then collect other bottles of vintages of Pinot Noir with which you are less familiar. Pinot Noir Day is a great opportunity to broaden your palette and indulge in your favourite variety of this dark wine.

What's your favourite Pinot Noir? Comment below.

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