With Spring and Winter still battling it out, we’ve found ourselves drinking a lot more Pinot Noir. Hmmmm…. Well, it is known as being a lighter wine… Could explain why it seems to satisfy on those not-too-cold/not-too-warm days. (Who are we kidding? We’ll drink red wine anytime of year! :p) Pinot Noir is also known for being one of the more difficult grapes to grow. This makes it a little tough to find excellent value at an affordable price. Lucky for you (and us), we don’t mind the challenge of the hunt. We must shamelessly admit that we chose the following Pinots strictly for the price and the funky labels. Worked for us! We purchased all three tasty wines for under $10! Though they all come from different regions, all three shared another growing trend…twist caps!
Average price: $10
Aroma: Strong raspberry and floral scents with hint of vanilla
Taste: Strong berry and red fruit flavors with traces of toasty oak.
Pairings and thoughts: We enjoyed a glass of this full-bodied wine by itself first. It has a nice, smooth finish. We sipped some more as we nibbled on some Swiss cheese. Made a good match. We then paired the Motos Liberty with our lamb burger and roasted veggies dinner…perfect combo. Great value for the price.
Average price: $10
Aroma: Scents of plum with hint of pepper
Taste: Cherry and red fruit flavors with traces of vanilla.
Pairings and thoughts: We paired the Hob Nob Wine with our beer-butt chicken and potatoes dinner, but preferred it on it’s own. This Pinot is different than the others we had. We actually thought we had opened the wrong bottle at first. Regardless, still a good value for the price and we enjoyed it. It is a light, young wine, but still fruity and flavorful. Would recommend it to those who are new to wine tasting.
Average price: under $10!
Aroma: Scents of cherry and plum with hints of spice.
Taste: Cherry flavor with traces of vanilla and spice.
Pairings and thoughts: FlipFlop Wines does it again for us (and under $10!). Our favorite of the 3. This medium-bodied wine was very nice on its own, but also paired well with some feta cheese. Surprisingly nice with our grilled shrimp dinner too. Wine Enthusiast gave flipflop wines the 2011 Best Buy Award. Well deserved. Excellent value for the price. Another plus…proceeds benefit Soles4Souls, an international charity that provides shoes to those in need. http://www.giveshoes.org
Hope you all had a Happy Easter/Passover. Cheers to Spring!
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- Wine tasting reveals differences from year to year (goerie.com)
- Report from – California Legends at the ROM … March 21, 2013 (ontheroadwithgrapeguy.blogspot.com)
- 2010 Mount Eden Estate Pinot Noir (canadianwineguy.com)
- Tasting #3: Let’s give a look at the Pinot Noir from CA (bestofeight.com)
- Wine Review: 2008 Little Yering Pinot Noir (hoogator.wordpress.com)
- John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 (happywinewoman.wordpress.com)