Grown mostly in cooler regions, Pinot Noir is a great wine due to its’ versatility and ability to pair well with foods and cheeses.
*Pro Tip* if you are on a date and one person is eating meat while the other is eating fish, Pinot Noir could easily go with both of these dishes.
The Pinot Noir grape is one of the more difficult ones to cultivate due to its’ thin skin and tightly packed clusters which makes it prone to cluster rot, and the grape variety is quite sensitive to environmental conditions. But man, when it is done right, it is done RIGHT! This medium bodied wine, when cultivated right, can turn out either light and fruity or vegetal in nature and is grown all around the world. In all honesty, it is one of my favorite wines to have at a dinner party or when hosting girlfriends – it’s sex in a glass Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon.
But enough about that – let’s get to the food and cheese pairing!
Cheeses Which Pair with Pinot Noir
Semi-hard medium-aged cheeses go well with Pinot Noir, notably Havarti, Edam, Jarlsberg, young cheddar, Emmental, Monterey Jack and Manchego to name a few. Gruyere, Comte, goat cheeses, brie, blue cheese, gouda also pair well with this wine, as well as some stinky cheeses such as Morbier or Taleggio.
Foods Which Pair with Pinot Noir
Fatty fish such as salmon or tuna,
Roasted chicken and other poultry such as duck or quail,
Charcuterie, ham and cold meats,
Rack of Lamb,
Pork or Turkey Meatballs with Farfalle pasta,
Oatmeal raisin cookies,
Caramels and chocolates for dessert.
Pinot Noir is a fantastic wine even though the grape variety needs a lot of TLC. Great for dinner parties, weddings or a girls’ night in, Pinot Noir is sure to please. You can easily find a good pinot in your local grocery store, Macadoodles or Brown Derby’s International Wine Store on Glenstone in Springfield, Missouri. *BONUS* The staff at Brown Derby’s International Wine Store on Glenstone Ave. will help you pick out cheeses to go with your wine match – they are so friendly over there!