An ode to pinot noir

This wine from New Zealand has ripe berry aromas with cacao and spice notes

Alok Chandra

In the 2004 cult movie Sideways the protagonist answers the question "Why are you so into Pinot?" by saying, "I don't know. Pinot is a hard grape to grow - it needs constant care and attention, but its flavours are just the most haunting and brilliant and subtle and ancient ... on the planet!" He was, of course, talking about pinot noir, the red wine grape grown in the northern part of the Rhone river in the Burgundy district of France which gives us, well, Burgundy, the wine. Red Burgundy (yes, there's also white Burgundy, produced from Chardonnay) is simply ...