To pinot or not to pinot - there really isn't a question. Pinot is part of not one, but two of the most recognizable grape varieties in North America, with roots tracing all the way back to Burgundy before finding 'stalk' here in our corner of Windsor-Essex. Today we'll discussing Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio (sorry, Blanc!) and making a case for their place on your wine rack.
Pinot Noir is our first contender here, with its light to medium body. Though dry, the range of flavours can be quite expansive, from the tart berry notes of raspberry and red currant to notes of clove and tobbaco. The further it ages, these flavours become all the more 'jammy' to savour.
Muscedere Vineyards carries a fantastic 2017 Pinot Noir, which just so happens to pair fantastically with a wood-fire pizza - coincidence?
But Pinot Grigio isn't to be outdone. While it is more typical to carry a lighter body compared to Noir, Grigio carries more acid than its rouge counterpart. These wines are as bright and refreshing as any glass of lemonade on a warm summer day, with flavours of citrus and crisp apples.
Being a perfect beach-side wine, it makes all the more sense that Sprucewood Shores is home to a wonderful 2019 Pinot Grigio, a favourite of mine during this responsibly socially-distanced summer.
For their contrasting personalities, what both of these grape varieties have in common is balance and versatility, perfect for sipping solo or pairing alongside a fantastic plate. Newcomers and veterans to the wine-tasting world alike can find something to enjoy. There are eleven local wineries along our truly EPIC wine route that host Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio (or both!), meaning that there is plenty of room to explore and bottles to drink of these local favourites.
Written by: Trevor Ramieri