For a long time, Mrs Romance and I didn’t drink red wine. Crazy, isn’t it? These days we drink more red than white – especially in the winter months when we can snuggle up in front of a movie and crack open a hefty Shiraz or a handsome Malbec.
But all those years ago, feeling we were missing out on something good, we decided to get on the Vin Rouge Express. We moved from white to red with a ‘transition wine’.
We started off with a chilled red, thinking that would be the closest to a white and not too confronting. We drank quite a bit of Brown Brothers’ Tarrango.
But from there, we approached a proper red.
Pinot Noir is the perfect transition wine. It’s usually quite light and refreshing but still with enough body to challenge the palette. It goes well with food but is also a good straight sipping wine.
For the experienced red drinker, Pinot Noir definitely has its place. Autumn sees cooler weather roll in, which obviously calls for a glass of red. The lightness of Pinot Noir means that you won’t feel like you’re over-indulging.
Thankfully, Australia is moving into autumn now, so we can look at dusting off some of the reds we’ve been saving up for a snuggle!
We quite like the Mr Noir’s Pinot Noir from Fleurieu Peninsular, South Australia. It’s light, lively with good fruit body and a mouth-watering cranberry aftertaste.
But enough about us. Let’s see what our Wine Saints have to say:
The Wine Saints – St Andrew, St Paul and St Peter – are our wine expert friends. They’ve been living and loving wine for many years now, and their saintly knowledge has guided us with angelic accuracy to some truly divine wines.
“The really good stuff is far too expensive obviously, but closer to home Ata Rangi from Martinborough gets my vote, though at $70 it’s not cheap either.
“A nice savoury Pinot goes well with venison or mushroom risotto!”
“I like Pinot Noir when I have spicy food… I do prefer cooler climate Pinot – I think there is a bit more body to them. Pinot can be a good afternoon drink as it is lighter and may not require a siesta post-drinking.”
“Henschke Giles Lenswood Vineyard is also good.
What do you like to do while you’re enjoying a favourite red? Tell us all about it in the comments!