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Pick The Perfect Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir-based wines are generally described as elegant with a refined texture in the mouth due to the varietal's low tannin levels. Styles generally run from light- to medium-bodied. Some of the best and most famous (and most expensive) wines associated with Pinot Noir reign from Burgundy's Cote d'Or region in France. It is also a primary varietal used to produce Champagne and the sparkling wines of California. The cooler climates of California's Sonoma County and Central Coast and Oregon's Willamette Valley enjoy considerable success with Pinot Noir, as well.

Flavor Profile
Characteristic flavors and aromas are cherry, strawberry, cedar, spice and earthiness, as the wine matures.

Food Pairings
Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile red wines to pair with food. The varietal's lightness nicely complements lean meats and its earthiness complements rich food such as mushrooms, duck and smoked foods. Certain types of richer fish like Salmon or Seared Ahi Tuna pair well with this varietal. Sweet food can overwhelm Pinot Noir's delicate fruitiness and requires a balancing acidity to be a successful pairing.

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