pinot noir

noun, often capitalized P&N
pi·​not noir | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)nō-ˈnwär How to pronounce pinot noir (audio) , pē-ˈnō- \

Definition of pinot noir

: a dry red wine produced from the same grape as French burgundy

Examples of pinot noir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hypatia Ruby Amaro honors the renowned 4th-century philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer with a spirit made from a secret recipe that includes bitter orange peels, gentian, and pinot noir stems. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "This Female Distiller Released a Line of Spirits Dedicated to Incredible Women Throughout History," 18 Mar. 2021 On a typical Sunday in July, the lawn at Tanglewood is a jumble of people — thousands of them — gathered with picnics or pinot noir to enjoy an afternoon of music courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mark Shanahan,, "When will performing arts return? Local groups describe their hopes for summer and beyond," 12 Mar. 2021 Further north, smoke is streaming into the Willamette Valley, home to some of the best pinot noir makers in the U.S., from wildfires near Portland and in the Cascade Mountains east of the valley. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "Wildfires, trade wars, COVID-19: The 2020 global wine harvest may go down as the most challenging yet," 20 Sep. 2020 The possibilities are endless, but make sure to try pinotage, a hybrid between a pinot noir and cinsaut. Love Akinkunle, Travel + Leisure, "5 Amazing Wine Destinations in Africa for Delicious Drinks and Beautiful Views," 24 Apr. 2021 Full-bodied reds may last up to seven days, while lighter options, including pinot noir, may turn between three to five days. Anthony Marcusa,, "How to store opened red wine," 9 Apr. 2021 Quite a few readers found similarities to pinot noir in the Tribute to Grace and Comando G wines. New York Times, "Grenache Three Ways, and Over Many Decades," 2 Apr. 2021 The blend is pinot noir and chardonnay, and the result is a lively sparkler with fine bubbles and a little yeasty, toasty lees character from the bottle aging. Washington Post, "Usher in spring with this delightfully crisp sauvignon blanc that costs just $14," 19 Mar. 2021 This 60 percent chardonnay and 40 percent pinot noir sparkler is bright and refreshing, with persistent bubbles and a soft, comforting texture. Washington Post, "The pandemic bubble may be starting to burst. Celebrate with bubbles all under $20.," 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of pinot noir

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinot noir

French, literally, black Pinot

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15 May 2021

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“Pinot noir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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