You can find good examples of pinot noir in nooks up and down the California coast — it's a big place — but one of the state's most renowned spots for the beloved wine style, if not the single-most renowned spot, is the cool-climate Russian River Valley appellation in Sonoma County. With its coastal...
I took a gulp of Pinot Noir from my oversize wine glass in an effort to avoid the TV screen. Our weekly Big Little Lies viewing party took an unexpected turn as I watched Nicole Kidman's character, Celeste, hold back in a therapy session,...Show More Summary
The industry insiders explain why the varietal’s diversity is such a draw and why ratings are risky… Viju Mathew
You can get any wine holder you want, but the best choice is obviously this T-Rex wine bottle holder from Atlantic Collectibles. This beast comes in both dead or alive versions. What could be better than…
Blind Spot is a range of own-label wines made for The Wine Society by Mac Forbes. They’re great value, and made in quite an elegant style. I like them a lot, although the Pinot Noir will be too volatile for some. The Garganega, especially, is really beautiful for the price. Blind Spot Garganega 2016 King Valley, [...]
It was nice to drink these two side by side: a couple of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Pinot Noirs. Both were showing really beautifully, in the middle of a dinner with some other strong wines. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough, New Zealand Fresh, floral and detailed with lovely black cherry and raspberry fruit. Real finesse [...]
At a recent dinner party, I asked a bartender for a spirits-free drink: "Sparkling water, no ice, lime, please." It threw the fellow for a loop. "The pinot noir is excellent," he almost whispered, trying to persuade me to take a glass. Throughout the evening, the bartender, who had morphed into...
When we say a wine is great, what do we mean? How is greatness defined in a wine. That's far too hard a question to answer, even when attempted by luminaries of the wine world. So instead of defining greatness in wine, four panelists...Show More Summary
Dire Straits AMITY, OR: A Pinot Noir vineyard hit by red blotch virus shows unripe fruit near to harvest time. Red blotch continues to be a major problem for vintners up and down the West Coast with little understanding of what to do...Show More Summary
NASA predicts that the Arctic Ocean will be basically ice-free during the summers about 30 years from now. That's good news for prospective vacation-home developers up that way (truly a niche market), and for the rest of us, the good news is that increasingly good pinot noir is coming out of the...
While I was attending Pinot Noir 2017, I put together a short-ish film of the proceedings, capturing some of the best moments of the three days. It was a trill remarkable event: it wasn’t just the 117 wineries and the lovely New Zealand Pinot Noirs they poured, but instead there was a narrative theme running [...]
This session at the Vancouver wine festival focused on Pinot Noir from Ontario. ‘It’s a difficult place to grow Pinot,’ says John Szabo, who led the session. ‘There are realities to growing Pinot Noir. It is expensive to grow and it doesn’t always work out well.’ Altogether there are 17 000 acres of vines in Ontario, [...]
So you’re browsing the wine aisle at your favorite store, you have a pretty good handle on what a Cabernet Sauvignon is, and what a Pinot Noir is, but there’s always a group of red wines you’ve never quite gotten… Continue reading ?
The pinot noirs from this unwieldy appellation can be quite good, but consumers may need to guess whether the wines truly come from near the Pacific.
Continuing my round up of top Pinot Noirs from the recent New Zealand trip, here are some favourites from Central Otago, with a couple from North Otago’s Waitaki thrown in too. I’ve been coming to Central Otago regularly since 2010, and there’s been a steady evolution. This is unsurprising: after all, the first commercial wine [...]
Continuing with my trawl through the exciting New Zealand Pinot scene, here are some of my favourite wines from North Canterbury (which includes Waipara, Waikiri and the Cheviot Hills) and Wellington Wine Country (the new name for the Wairarapa regions, which include Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton). Not all wines are rated here, and there are [...]
Titus Andromedon has swapped his Pinot Noir for some Lemonade.
“Pinot Noir”? So ov-ar. Titus Andromedon’s new beverage of choice is lemonade. Netflix has released its first teaser for season three of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which features the show’s inevitable Beyoncé homage, complete with a ruffled yellow dress, though this one has the texture of a cheap piñata. It seems ... More »
I’ve tasted a lot of New Zealand Pinot Noir over recent weeks. Here are some of my favourite picks from Marlborough. This is New Zealand’s largest wine region, and it has more Pinot Noir (2400 hectares) than any other region (Central Otago is second with 1500 hectares). The best sites are in the Southern Valleys [...]
This Kiwi pinot offers an austerity that brings with it notes of roasted meats and leather, cut through with strong notes of tea leaf and cassis. While big and powerful on thee body, the finish takes a turn for the… Continue reading...