article provided by Undertow Media, 2021
Did you know some people think there are rules to drinking alcohol. Things must been done a specific way, when there is is no proof they are correct. We are debunking some silly ‘facts’ about Pinot Noir. It’s time to raise a glass to not giving a damn and enjoying every drop our own way.
Reds taste best at room temperature
We’ve taken this tall tale as fact for far too long – put that bottle of pinot back where it rightfully belongs: the fridge. Notwithstanding the fact that Kiwi room temps are way too warm, red wines are more refreshing, drinkable and delicious with a slight chill. So move over that tomato sauce and make way for a bottle of your favourite cheeky crimson varietal like Leftfield’s Wholeberry Pinot Noir with its pink bubble gum flavours and hints of cinnamon.
Screw caps mean plonk
Simply not true. In fact, when it comes to keeping the quality of your wine better for longer, screw caps are far superior to corks. Plus, you don’t run the risk of breakage (let’s face it, we’ve all been there) or needing to take a bottle opener in your bag to your next BYO.
Each varietal needs its own glass
Nah. If you fancy sipping champagne from a cocktail glass or sauv from a snifter then do just that – vino is vino no matter what you drink it from. Whether you sip or slug, swirl or swill, enjoy your wine however you want and don’t be put off if stemware isn’t at the ready.
Older wines are superior
A sweeping statement that can be swept under the rug. While some wines are made to age well, most aren’t and can actually get worse as they get older (join the club!). Savour it on the spot instead of saving it for later because you may find that when you come to open it down the track you’ll have to pour it down the drain.
Leftfield Wholeberry Pinot Noir retails for $17.99 and is available in all good grocery, liquor stores and online at leftfieldwines.com
Do you chill your red?