Joy Jolt Wine Glasses
Sip + Think
Here are six ways to know an honest Pinot:
1. Light color Don’t be afraid if you can almost see through your glass. Pinot grapes have less pigment than most other reds, so the wine is more transparent.
2. Complex flavor Sniff for cloves and cinnamon, violets and mint, mushrooms and loam under the fruit. And taste for licorice, olives, espresso …
3. Light weight While it’s impossible to know whether your Pinot has a little Syrah lurking in it (winemakers don’t have to reveal), go for delicacy over impact and silkiness over tannin.
4. Low alcohol level If winemakers end up with too much alcohol—a “hot” wine—they can lower the level using reverse osmosis or spinning cone treatment or by adding back some water. Trickery or no, lower-alcohol bottles capture the character of Pinot best.
5. Cool growing region Look to Oregon’s Willamette Valley; Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Carneros, and the chilly western edge of the Sonoma Coast; and Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley.
6. Flexible food pairing Real Pinot pairs well with many dishes that we typically drink white wine with. Test it out with scallops, black cod, salmon, spicy tuna rolls, roast chicken, and cheese—most red wines aren’t great partners for many cheeses. Pinot Noir is, especially for camembert and gruyère.
This hand blown decanter is designed to be a versatile carafe to hold your favorite wine.
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