Blind Tasting – Pinot Noir Varietal

November 5th, 2008 by Jeff

Featured in today’s show:

  • 2007 Angeline Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, California
  • 2004 Pape Johannou Pinot Noir from Greece (more about Greek wine)
  • 2006 Meinklang Pinot Noir from Bergenland, Austria

Recommended food pairings:

  • For the Angeline, a very simple but elegant salmon with dill sauce recipe that would work beautifully with the light fruitiness, combined with the herbiness (the dill)and the higher acidity of the Angeline Pinot Noir to cut the fattiness of the salmon. Combine this recipe with a spinach, cherry tomato, goat cheese, or light vinaigrette salad.
  • For the Meinklang, or actually ANY Burgundy (Pinot Noir) wine, here’s a classic French recipe. Coq-au-Vin is a dish born of necessity and convenience. There is a long tradition of these types of “one pot meals” in agricultural communities. They are dinners that are usually prepared and brought in one pot to the table (back in the day, they took them directly to the farm hands and workers in the field to eat). In Southwest France, they call them a cassoulet. Here in the U.S, think “casserole.” If you want to make it at home, it will cost you a day and a half of work. If you order it at a restaurant it will cost you at least $20. Enjoy!

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