Pinot Noir lovers can enjoy themselves immensely with the range of wines around the world made from this popular grape variety.
Burgundy in north France is the most expensive and acclaimed region for Pinot Noir, called the ‘heartbreaker’ due to its fickle nature. Many other countries also produce fine examples of Pinot Noir, such as Germany, New Zealand, Australia and California.
With a fast evolving wine scene, Chile in South America, can join the roll call too. Could it now be called New World Burgundy? Top producer Errazuriz held a wine dinner in London to showcase its latest vintages. Chief winemaker, Francisco Baettig admits to being a Francophile, with a French wife and a love of Burgundy’s wines.
A fun aspect to the dinner was top food and restaurant photographer, Paul Winch-Furness showing how to use smartphones and apps for food blogging and posting photos on Instagram. Errazuriz sponsors the Wine Photography category in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards.
Top picks from the evening at Pollen Street Social restaurant were:
Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay, Wild Ferment, 2011, £12.99 Majestic. Wine geek speak ‘barrel fermentation’ gives roundness in the mouth, making this an excellent food wine. As in top Burgundian Chardonnays, an elegant, citrus, fresh finish shows the winemaker’s skill. Perfect for fish, like retro classic, Coquilles St. Jacques.
Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir, Wild Ferment, 2011, £13.99 Majestic. A consultant from Vosne Romanée has woven his magic with early picking and restrained oak ageing, giving an extremely elegant, gentle, well made, light red. Pinot Noir is always a great match for autumn game dishes and slow cooked lamb such as braised shank.
(photo – Flickr Creative Commons Lynn Friedman)