Pinot Noir Tips & Pairing

The Most Romantic Wine Of All

Did you know Pinot Noir is often called "the Heartbreak Grape"? Learn about this intriguing wine variety, read some great quotes, and get tips on pairings here.

Interesting Facts

"Pinot Noir," French for "pine" and "black," takes its name from the varietal's dark purple fruit and
pine-cone-shaped clusters.

Thin-skinned and long-lived, Pinot Noir is notoriously challenging to grow due to extreme sensitivity to light exposure, crop loads, soil types and pruning techniques.

Pinot Noir has been cultivated since 100 AD.

"The most romantic of wines… like falling in love, it makes the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." - Vanity Fair's Joel Fleischman

Pinot Noir has been called "The Heartbreak Grape"

Distinct styles

Domaine Carneros produces the three classic Pinot Noir styles: fresh and fruity Avant-Garde, rich and balanced Estate, and stylish and smoky The Famous Gate. Other limited-production Domaine Carneros Pinot Noirs include single-vineyard and our clonal selection series.

Best served slightly cool, about 62 - 65 degrees.

Classic Pinot Noir pairings

Salmon, duck, pork, mushrooms, artisanal cheese.

Entertaining with Pinot Noir

For something different, why not feature Pinot in unexpected ways? Include two sparkling Pinots such as Domaine Carneros Blanc de Noir and Brut Rosé, and two still Pinots such as Domaine Carneros Pinot Clair and our Estate.