The last email has been sent, the kids have all finished their homework, and dinner is on the table — now, it’s time to open a bottle of wine and enjoy a great meal with your family. Which wine should you choose? Our experts recommend Pinot Noir — unlike other reds, Pinot Noir is easy to pair with a wide variety of foods because it has a complexity that can stand up to full-flavored dishes but it’s light enough that it won’t overpower more delicate foods.
How do you choose the Pinot Noir that’s right for you? A good approach is to consider the wine’s alcohol content. High-alcohol Pinot Noirs (14-16%) have more body and demonstrate fruit-forward notes like candied cherry. If you prefer a wine with less body and more acidity, choose a Pinot with lower alcohol content, somewhere around 11-13%.
From fresh fish to hearty meats, there’s a Pinot Noir for every dish!
Grilled Lamb: Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits Villages, Burgundy, France 2013 ($32.99)
Honey-Roasted Ham: Flowers, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California 2016 (55.99)
Fennel-Dusted Salmon: Argyle, Pinot Noir, Williamette, Oregon 2016 ($23.99)
Raw Tuna: Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2015 ($22.99)