Perfect Holiday Pinot
For holiday celebrations and meals with traditional fare such as roasted turkey and/or baked ham, Pinot Noir is a very good choice of wine to serve. It is versatile enough to be a perfect partner for either turkey or ham, plus a lot of other foods, as well.
An excellent choice for holiday sipping – or for sipping anytime, really – is Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018 ($29.99). Loveblock is the creation of New Zealand vintners Kim and Erica Crawford. “Falling in love with the view was a part of the Loveblock story,” says Erica Crawford. “As we converted the sheep paddock to plantable land, we took the decision to tackle Organics, a cause that is deeply personal to me. I slowly started eliminating additives, colorants and stimulants from my diet and life. The effect was cumulative and I gradually embraced Organics.”
Loveblock wines are made from grapes harvested from organically grown vines. “Once harvested and in the winery, Organic Certification directs a low intervention regime that rejects using certain compounds routinely used in winemaking. Only organically certified products can be used, including yeasts and fining products,” say the Loveblock winemakers.
The Loveblock Pinot Noir vineyard – named “Someone’s Darling” is nestled above the snow-capped mountains of Central Otago in New Zealand. The vineyard produces grapes used to create a big, rich Pinot Noir wherein the robustness is balanced by sweet berry fruit flavors. The use of older oak barrels for aging Loveblock Pinot Noir helps the wine to retain those intense fruit flavors. There are hints of violet, cloves, mushrooms and oak in the wine, which leaves lasting dark fruit flavors on the palate.
So as I say, Loveblock Pinot Noir is a perfect partner for holiday celebrations, or any other excuse to celebrate enjoying fine wine.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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