So you like Pinot Noir?! It is one of my faves because it’s super approachable. I love that it can have a fragrant berry-cherry nose, then surprise you with a more earthy taste. Fun fact, it’s a bitch to grow. PN is one of the hardest grapes to cultivate and transform into wine because it loves maritime climates, and the grape’s skin can be temperamental during fermentation. Originally from Burgundy, this varietal also shines from Sonoma (Russian River Valley) and the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
That being said…there are MANY other light to medium bodied varietals that are just as good to “give a go”. Below I have a handful of wines to try that are perfect on their own or with food. Be bold and try something new. I mean, WINE NOT!?
DOLCETTO: @11.99 Banfi L’Ardi 2014 from Piedmont, IT (at Trader Joe’s)
GAMAY: light French varietal from Beaujolais that tends to be a little earthier than Pinots, but has a fragrant nose!
**GRENACHE(A): @6.99 La Paca 2014 from Spain** pick of the week from Trader Joe’s
MENCIA: Petalos from Spain 2011 Medium bodied and beautiful
NEBBIOLO: Palmina from Santa Barbara, CA 2009 definitely medium bodied, but still approachable AF
NERELLO MASCALESE: Italian varietal, it’s very fruity: strawberry, cherry but also leathery with hints of cinnamon. Medium Tannins.
PRIMITIVO: fruit forward and aged in oak tends to have notes of vanilla and spice and tastes like raspberry with earthy hints.
What’s your favorite Pinot or Pinot Noir-esque bottle?