"At their best, Pinot Noir is the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch, that like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic."
- Joel Fleischman for Vanity Fair
"Its flavors are sensuous, often erotic, above rational discourse and beyond powers of measured criticism."
- Oz Clarke
"Pinot Noir is a righteous grape, chock full of incredible texture and hedonistic pleasures; it is sex in a glass, so seductive that it is hard to say no to."
- Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon
The last time we had Pinot Noir was in April, 2012. It's time to review the grape. I'd like to focus on wines from the Northwest, but for comparison's sake, we will not disparage old world examples.
We begin with a sparkler and open most of the wines present. From those brought, a sommelier and I will select three basic wines to pour for everyone, and three for the very end to test the palate. We will bag the rest so that those are not influenced by cost.
Because of the generosity of a Mr. Goundry, we have nearly 72 glasses.
We ask everyone to bring a couple dollars to pay for the sparkler and the church.
The basic idea: you bring a wine and an appetizer. That's all. As new world Pinot Noirs are more expensive, this is an evening you should expect to spend between $30 -$50. However, if I get 12 people to pay me $35, I guarantee I'll get a two bottles each of 6 awesome pinots.
More complicated: bring a rarer wine that costs more by sharing the cost with a friend; bring a dish for 8 people instead of a wine; or bring $35 for everything (glass, sparkler, wine, appetizer). I'll do the work for you. Just write this in your RSVP.
When you RSVP, write what you intend to bring.
RSVPs are very helpful. Please change your RSVP to "No" if your plans change.
It is unwise to wear cologne or perfume as it makes the experience less enjoyable for others.