• Annina Francis

3 Reasons why Pinot Noir is your go to wine this summer

Terra Cranta Pinot Noir

A bottle of Pinot Noir from Terra Cranta

A bunch of Pinot Noir grapes

With the extreme heat of the summer, sales of rosé and white wines have increased exponentially but for those who prefer a red alternative, sometimes the heat can put you off pouring yourself a glass.

In these situations many gravitate towards a lighter red wine such as Gamay or Pinot Noir and let me tell you why these wines are the perfect companion for your summer apéritifs.

1. Pinot Noir is produced worldwide

Pinot Noir is a very common varietal. It's more commonly associated with Burgundy where they almost exclusively plant this grape. It has also travelled to various New World wine regions such as New Zealand and the United States. As a result this makes for the perfect grape to discover other regions with.

2. Pinot Noir is a light and fruity wine.

Its colour tends to be much lighter than other red wines. As if someone decided to mix red wine with water, but the reality is that this lightness is what makes it the perfect wine to go with many dishes. It's light enough to go with fish but has enough depth and character to pair perfectly with a selection of cheeses.

3. Pinot Noir is the grape of legends

Pinot Noir is a fickle grape and very hard to grow due to the numerous illnesses and diseases it can catch. Nevertheless its history is steeped in tradition, Pinot Noir is the preferred varietal of winemaking legends like Domaine de la Romanée Conti where a case of 1978 sold for over $500,000 in 2013. That said there are some excellent wines for a fraction of the price and there is no need to be a "connaisseur" to appreciate a good Pinot Noir.

So what are your thoughts on Pinot Noir? Share your experiences in the comments down below.

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