Wine of the Month – Pinot Noir

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.

Mr & Mrs Romance - wine of the month - pinot noir title
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.

St Andrew:

“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.

“From Otago, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty wines are always very good.

“A nice savoury Pinot goes well with venison or mushroom risotto!”

Mr & Mrs Romance - Wine of the Month - Pinot Noir St Andrew's choices

St Peter:

“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.”

St Paul:

Wild Earth from NZ is a little favourite but not sure if you can get it here. Another NZ drop is the Amisfield, Central Otago.

“Henschke Giles Lenswood Vineyard is also good.

“Try the 42 Degrees South – cool name – it’s memorable and has a nice label, and good value for what it is. Lastly the Scotchmans Hill is also a cheaky little Pinot!!!”

Mr & Mrs Romance - Wine of the Month - Pinot Noir St Paul's choices
What do you like to do while you’re enjoying a favourite red? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Images compiled by Mr Romance.


  • I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to reds, whereas Mr Styling is a full blown red lover. Pinot Noir is a favourite of mine, because I know I can confidently order it or buy it anywhere and (sort of) know what I’m getting! I’m also quite partial to a Sangiovese and a Tempranillo.

    • Reply March 13, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Well, living in the heart of big red country, I’d have thought at least one of you would be into it, Sonia! Glad you like a pinot noir though. It is indeed a reliable drop. Love a bit of sangiovese too actually, but I haven’t had much experience with tempranillo. Will have to give it a go. My favourite blend has to be shiraz grenache – sweet bit lots of body… wonder if that’s a semi-autobiographical notion?

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