Pinot Noir Frequently Asked Questions and Facts

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What is Pinot Noir?
Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety that shares its name with one of the most popular wine varieties in the world. To help our customers truly understand and appreciate this red varietal, we've collected the most frequently asked questions and some useful facts about Pinot Noir.

Is Pinot Noir Red or White?
Pinot Noir is a red wine.

Where is Pinot Noir from?
Originally from the Burgundy region of France, Pinot Noir is also grown in a number of different countries around the world. These include the United States, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia!

Is Pinot Noir Dry or Sweet?
Pinot Noir is dry.

Is Pinot Noir sweeter than Merlot?
Both Pinot and Merlot are dry.

What color is Pinot Noir?
Pinot Noir is a red wine, and the color varies from right red to dark red.

What does "Pinot Noir" mean in English?
"Pinot Noir" literally translates to "Pine Black." The grapes are very dark, and the cluster of the grapes on the vine is similar to the shape of a pine cone.

How do you pronounce Pinot Noir?
"Pee-no nuh-waar."

What is the ABV (alcohol by volume) for Pinot Noir?
Pinot's ABV varies, and can range anywhere from 11% to 15%

How many calories are in a glass of Pinot Noir?
A five-ounce glass of Pinot contains about 120 calories. A full bottle of Pinot Noir will contain aorund 625 calories.

Should Pinot Noir be chilled?
Yes, pinot noir should be refrigerated and served slightly below room temperature. It's recommended to be served at "cellar temperature" which is around 55-60°F. In the absence of a cellar, Pinot can be chilled in a wine refrigerator. 

How long should you chill a Pinot Noir?
Around 90 minutes.

Does Pinot Noir need to be decanted?
No. Pinot is ready to be served immediately after it's uncorked.

What type of glass should Pinot Noir be served from?
A large bell-shaped glass is recommended to allow you to enjoy the wine's aroma.

How long can Pinot Noir age?
Pinot Noir is typically enjoyed young, but it can be aged for up to 10 years.

Pinot Noir Food Pairing
Pinot Noir can be paired with a number of different foods. Chicken, salmon, hard cheese pastas, lean steaks, chocolate, among other foods are great with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Tips for Serving Pinot Noir
Serve pinot noir at cellar temperature (60 degrees Fahrenheit) in a red wine glass. The open bell will allow the aroma to fully open up when drinking.