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Pinot Noir – the thin-skinned grape

Pinot Noir  (pronounced pee-noh-n’whar) is known by wine makers as one of the most difficult grapes to grow. Yet, when they get it right, this red wine is complex, elegant and seriously good.

One of the characteristics of the grape is its thin skin.  This means less tannin, that bitter, drying component found only in red wines.  Pinot makes a great choice for white and red lovers alike, especially those who are looking to meet in the middle and for people who are just beginning to experience the wonderful world of Red wines.

Pinot Noir pairs well with a variety of dishes and is often considered one of the world’s most versatile pairing wines! Chicken, Lamb, Pork… saucy or spicy… Pinot Noir is a safe bet.

Come in this Saturday and taste it for yourself!

 

 

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Champagne or Sparkling Wine

This Saturday we sampled delicious Pommery Champagne and the sparkling wines of Charles LaFitte and Pierre Chainier, but many wondered, what’s the difference?

Champagne is the region in France that made bubbly famous. Only wine made within this region can be called Champagne. All others from around the world are sparkling wine, even those made in different areas of France.

The complexity of making champagne is another feature that makes it stand out from other sparkling wines. It’s a romantic artistry that requires true skill and foresight by the winemaker. A blend of 30 to 60 different still wines, two fermentations and several years are involved in getting Champagne onto store shelves.

For the best sparkling wines, look for those that list “Methode Champenoise” on the bottle. It’s the closest you’ll get to the amazing flavor and effect of Champagne, but often with less expense.

For more information on Champagne, Sparkling and other wines, check out our selection of books in store now!