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Pinot Noir Wine Pairing

Pinot Noir is a wine of great sensuality, a silky texture and seductive aromas such as strawberries, cherries, black cherries, raspberries, violets, cinnamon, sassafras, mushrooms, truffles, rose petal, fresh earth and something called "barnyard," which is actually meant to be a positive descriptor though not everyone agrees with that. Sometimes, this means fresh earth as you would find on a farm, but it can also refer to bacterial spoilage called Brettanomyces.

Pinot Noir is now one of the fastest growing red wines in North America, thanks to the commercial boost. This is also due to its purported health benefits because the grapes must work hard to protect themselves from disease and rot in cool climates and therefore produce more anti-oxidants, up to four times more resveratrol than other wines.

Pinot Noir, a thin-skinned berry, is known as the "heartbreak grape" because it's difficult to grow and is unstable even bottled. That's why you often pay more for Pinot Noir than most other red wines.

Pinot Noir, which is among the oldest of grapes grown to make wine by the ancient Romans, now thrives in many regions of the world. The most famous region is Burgundy, France, and especially the Burgundian sub-region Côte d'Or (Slope of Gold), where famous names such as Domaine Romanee-Conti and Laflaive grace labels. Pinot Noir loves a cool climate where it can ripen slowly but maintain vivacious acidity.Pinot Noir vines work hard to survive and thus produce great wine in soils of chalk and limestone that drain well. Pinot Noir pairs well with these foods:

Pinot Noir Wine with appetizers:

     • mushrooms: stuffed
     • salmon: smoked in sandwiches

Pinot Noir Wine with beef:

     • beef: roast
     • frankfurters
     • beef: roast rare
     • beef ribs: barbecued
     • beef bourguignonne
     • beef stew
     • hamburgers, meatloaf
     • pot roast
     • steak, prime rib
     • brisket
     • beef
     • steak
     • sausages
     • steak, grilled

Pinot Noir Wine with breads:

     • baguette: French
     • bread: Tuscan
     • bread: rustic
     • multi-grain
     • sourdough

Pinot Noir Wine with cheese:

     • Chabichou du Poitou
     • Chambertin
     • Morbier
     • Raclette de Savoie
     • Tomme d'Auvergne
     • Tomme Fraîche
     • Bleu d'Auvergne
     • Gour Noir
     • brie
     • goat cheese
     • cheese: mild
     • camembert
     • swiss
     • gouda
     • Feta
     • gruyeres
     • jack: garlic dill
     • jack: pepper
     • jack: garlic & onion
     • cheddar: bacon
     • cheddar: horseradish
     • cheddar: smoked
     • cheddar: mild
     • cheddar: medium
     • cheddar: sharp: 1 year - 4 years
     • cheddar: sharp: 5 years - 12 years
     • monterey jack

Pinot Noir Wine with chicken/poultry:

     • chicken with pancetta & herbs
     • chicken club sandwich
     • chicken: fried
     • goose
     • turkey with traditional trimmings
     • chicken: marinated on the grill
     • chicken: roasted
     • duck with mango
     • turkey, roasted
     • duck breast
     • cold meats
     • duck
     • coq au vin
     • turkey, fried
     • turkey, roasted with gravy
     • chicken
     • chicken: roast
     • turkey, chicken sausage, mild
     • chicken tangine

Pinot Noir Wine with desserts:

     • chocolate: dark
     • chocolate milk
     • Easter bunnies: chocolate
     • Easter eggs: chocolate
     • Valentine’s Day hearts: chocolate
     • chocolate kisses
     • chocolate: dark/almond

Pinot Noir Wine with ethnic dishes:

     • gumbo
     • soup: matzo ball
     • curry: coconut: mild
     • pizza
     • Chinese dishes
     • Indian dishes
     • curries: creamy
     • duck: peking
     • pork with hoisin & honey sauce
     • cinnamon & cumin spiced dishes
     • Korean dishes
     • chicken korma
     • curries: lightly spiced
     • curries: mild
     • ribollita
     • tandoori flavored dishes
     • Middle Eastern dishes
     • chicken: butter
     • lamb korma
     • Mexican dishes
     • curries: spicy
     • Tourtière

Pinot Noir Wine with fruit-based dishes:

     • pomegranates

Pinot Noir Wine with game:

     • game birds
     • partridge
     • pheasant
     • rabbit
     • game: roast
     • venison
     • ostrich
     • squab
     • hare

Pinot Noir Wine with lamb:

     • lamb kabobs, grilled
     • lamb
     • lamb kebabs with vegetables

Pinot Noir Wine with pasta:

     • pasta with bolognese sauce
     • carbonara sauce
     • pasta with herbed tomato sauce
     • lasagna
     • couscous

Pinot Noir Wine with pizza:

     • pizza: fungi
     • pizza: Margherita
     • pizza: pepperoni/meat
     • pizza: white

Pinot Noir Wine with pork:

     • bacon
     • ham
     • pork chops
     • pork tenderloin
     • pork roast
     • pork cooked with prunes and cream
     • ham: boiled
     • spam
     • pork
     • charcuterie
     • pork chops: grilled
     • pork: roast loin

Pinot Noir Wine with sauces, spices, herbs:

     • marinara
     • sauce: wine reduction: wine-based marinade
     • caraway
     • basil
     • anise, fennel
     • sauce: cheese: mornay, alfredo
     • dressings: cheesy: blue cheese
     • cilantro
     • sauce: citrus-flavored
     • dill
     • sauce: mint
     • sauce: mushroom
     • sauce: mustard
     • rosemary
     • saffron
     • all spice
     • cinnamon
     • ginger
     • mace
     • marjoram
     • oregano
     • sage
     • thyme

Pinot Noir Wine with seafood & shellfish:

     • halibut: grilled: with rosemary
     • seafood casserole
     • prawns
     • fish: grilled
     • salmon with herbs
     • Salmon: smoked & cream cheese on bagels
     • tuna with rosemary & citrus
     • salmon: planked
     • tuna: seared with a pepper crust
     • bass: grilled
     • salmon with ginger & soy marinade
     • salmon: grilled
     • salmon
     • fish: smoked
     • swordfish
     • tuna
     • cod
     • tuna: grilled
     • salmon carpaccio

Pinot Noir Wine with soups & stews:

     • soup: chicken
     • stew: lamb
     • soup: lentil
     • stew: beef

Pinot Noir Wine with turkey holiday dinner:

     • Tofurkey
     • stuffing: pecan
     • turducken
     • turkey: roast
     • turkey soup
     • turkey sandwiches
     • turkey: white meat
     • turkey: dark meat
     • squash
     • gravy: giblet

Pinot Noir Wine with veal:

     • veal: breaded cutlets
     • veal: roast
     • veal chops
     • veal marsala
     • veal shanks/osso buco
     • veal

Pinot Noir Wine with vegetables & salads:

     • guacamole
     • brussels sprouts
     • mushrooms: button
     • mushrooms: chanterelle
     • tomatoes: yellow
     • tomatoes: golden
     • tomatoes: purple
     • salad: avocado
     • chick-pea bake: spiced
     • salad: chef
     • salad: cobb
     • avocado mousse
     • mushrooms: deep fried
     • vegetables: grilled
     • mushrooms: truffles
     • salads
     • ratatouille
     • salads: green
     • bean-based dishes
     • salad: caprese
     • peppers: chili
     • tomatoes: green
     • salad: Greek
     • mushrooms: portobello: grilled


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