It’s no coincidence that Pinot Noir is one of the most recognizable wine grapes in the world. Having been grown for hundreds and hundreds of years in its spiritual homeland of Burgundy, Pinot Noir is responsible for some of the finest—and most expensive—wines in the world, precious bottles coveted by collectors and drooled over by wine connoisseurs worldwide. Its origins are still hotly debated by viticulturalists and ampelographers: Pinot Noir is an ancient vine, documented in France since at least Roman times. It is uncertain whether it was brought over by traders from a distant land to the east, like many common grape varieties cultivated in France today, or if it represents a wild vine domesticated by the Gauls. The theory of a cross is a likely one, as interbreeding could easily have produced new varieties that fell into favor with early vignerons. Fast-forward to present time, and Pinot Noir is among the most commonly planted wine grapes worldwide. While everyone knows Napoleon loved his Chambertin from Burgundy, today one can just as easily find Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast or New Zealand’s Central Otago. In fact, one reason Pinot Noir is so revered lies in its uncanny ability to translate minute nuances in terroir. The foremost example, of course, is Burgundy, where, as you’ll see, a Pinot from Saint-Romain bears little resemblance to one grown in Santenay, just miles away. But even outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has fascinatingly diverse interpretations of local conditions. This collection explores Pinot Noirs from distinctive terroirs of both France and Italy. You’ll taste classic Burgundian renditions, a Blanc de Noir from Champagne, rosés, as well as reds from Alsace, the Loire, Alto Adige, and Friuli. See for yourself why Pinot Noir is among the most popular wine grapes on Earth, capable of inspiring wild passion, frenzy, creative ingenuity, and all the deepest emotions of the human soul.
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Thank you for coming! Here, you’ll find almost all of the wines we poured at our Autumn Tasting on Friday, October 19th. If you do not see a wine that you loved—or if it is marked “sold out”—please give our retail shop a call at 510-524-1524.
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There are hundreds of wines in our portfolio, but not nearly enough space in our monthly newsletters to feature them all. Here you’ll find recent arrivals and new additions to our site, from half-bottles to Jeroboams, across France and Italy.
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