pinot noir

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

Definition of pinot noir

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

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Swiss wine production is evenly split between red and white, but alongside familiar grapes like merlot or pinot noir, expect unusual, only-in-the-Alps crops, too, notably chasselas. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take," 11 Sep. 2018 This creamy yet refreshing 60/40 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir offers up vanilla, nuts, apple skin and bright tropical fruits. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 Some respite care, more services and a glass of pinot noir wouldn’t hurt either. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 There's a reason behind your rosiness after a night of pinot noir: The alcohol and sulfites used to preserve wine make small blood vessels in the face open more, causing blood to rush to the surface, and bam! Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 Most of the wine here, too, is riesling, but there is also an excellent selection of white wine made using Rivaner grapes and reds using Dornfelder and pinot noir. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "When in Germany, Drink Riesling," 4 Sep. 2018 After studying grape-growing and winemaking in Burgundy, Josh Bergström returned to his family’s vineyard in the Willamette in 1999 and began to make pinot noir and chardonnay. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Chardonnay, the Oregon Way," 14 June 2018 Not ballet slipper pink but more like a pink that’s been soaked in pinot noir. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 Stay in Reims to explore the Montagne de Reims, which focuses on pinot noir. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beginner's Guide to Visiting Champagne," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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