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Top 10 Pinot Noir Fun Factoids

July 23, 2014

Pinot-Noir-Factoids-PostAh, pinot noir – the grape that makes wine geeks swoon. Whether sheer and ethereal, or earthy and ripe, this wine is gorgeous in nearly every incarnation. There have been movies produced, poems written, and countless books testifying to its virtues. So what’s all the fuss about? Beyond its inherent gustatory pleasures, this variety has a fascinating background.

Here are a dozen of our favorite factoids to savor and share:

  1. Pinot noir is nicknamed the “heartbreak” grape, because it is thin-skinned and susceptible to all sorts of disasters in the vineyards… and very difficult to ripen. (Click to tweet)
  2. Ten years ago, sales of pinot noir wine increased 16% just days after Sideways character, Miles Raymond, sang the praises of pinot noir in the film’s release (Decanter).
  3. In 2013 a 12-bottle case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (aka DRC) was sold at auction for $476,280, the most expensive pinot noir ever!
  4. Pinot noir is, with a few exceptions, the only red grape variety allowed in Burgundy. (Click to tweet) If you see Burgundy on the label, and the wine in the bottle is red, you are most likely going to be drinking pinot noir and you are very lucky indeed. Check out this blog post on French regions and varieties to learn more about why this is the case.
  5. Pinot noir has multiple aliases depending upon where it grown. In is known as pinot nero or bourgoigne noir in Italy, spatburgunder in Germany, blauburgunder in Austria and nagyburgundi in Hungary. (Click to tweet)
  6. Pinot noir and cinsault are the parents of South Africa’s Pinotage – a delightfully smoky, earthy variety.
  7. Other relatives of pinot noir include pinot gris, pinot blanc, pinot meunier, chardonnay, and aligoté. What a beautiful family!
  8. Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration has hosted 318 international producers of the grape and educated over 14,000 guests over its 27 year history. Learn more about this awesome festival here.
  9. The name pinot noir, comes from the French words for “pine” and “black” respectively, owing to its color and that its bunches of grapes resemble pine cones.
  10. Pinot noir is super age-worthy owing to its high mineral content and acidity. The finest examples can age for decades, making it a favorite of wine collectors. (Click to tweet)

Not sure about you, but we are now super thirsty. Click here to check out our collection of pinots from around the world!

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Amy Ullman Marketing Manager Drync Amy Ullman is the Drync Marketing Manager, a total Burghound, and a big fan of top 10 lists.