Pinot noir is defined as a dry red wine produced from the same grape as French burgundy. First grown in the Burgundy region of France, the first cultivation of the grape dates back to the 1st century AD by the Gallic tribe Aedui. Although originating in France, today, Pinot Noir is one of the most commonly planted grapes in the world.
Unlike most grapes that are named after the region where they are grown, the word Pinot Noir comes from the French word pin and noir or pine and black in English. The word pin refers to the tightly-clustered, pinecone-shaped bunches of the grapes as it grows and word noir refers to the deep, dark color of the grape.
When planning your next party, consider pairing the Pinot Noir wine with sheep cheeses such as the salty Spanish cheese Zamarano or the French cheese Abbaye de Belloc. Santé!
Pairing Cheese and Pinot Noir