Mike Graham from talkRADIO is a secret wine buff, turn outs. I always enjoy our live sessions in the studio. Today we were talking Autumnal reds and tasting the most Autumnal of them all: Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir is the grape that truly captivates the hearts of wine lovers as the best ones have something so haunting; otherworldly almost, all stewed cherry, dried leaves and earthiness. It makes some of the lightest red wines around, which I think is why it’s so hard to get to know. After all, it’s much easier to get to grips with a spicy, full-bodied blackcurrant bomb, like Cabernet Sauvignon. Learning to love Pinot takes time.
Do a Tasting Tour of Pinot Noir
My advice to anyone wanting to get to know a grape is to do your own Tasting Tour and by that, I mean try the grape from it’s three or four most famous locations on earth. Check out my Winebird’s VINALOGY on Pinot Noir here to see which places are most famous for Pinot and why I think it’s the ballerina of red wine grapes.
Here’s what we tasted on air today:
Wine 1: Taste the Difference Pinot Noir, Rheinhessen, Germany £8 from Sainsbury’s
Very pale, pinky red. Crunchy red cherry and refreshing tartness.
Wine 2: Taste the Difference Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Valley, Chile. £7 from Sainsbury’s
Darker, more oncentrated raspberry, cherry and flinty smokiness. Much more powerful that the German.
Wine 3: Taste the Difference Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand £10 from Sainsbury’s
Spicy morello cherry with jammy red fruit. Warmer!
A huge THANK YOU to Sainsbury’s for sending in the wines!