We don't really need an excuse to drink wine. Still, there are days when die-hard wine enthusiasts and brands are making it hard to refuse to down a glass, especially when the whole world is celebrating an 'international day' dedicated to a special variety of grape such as pinot noir. August 18 is International Pinot Noir day and it's a great day to drink one of the most-loved red wines in the world. And to get started with which bottle to drink, we spoke to some of Hong Kong's wine bars and wine experts to recommend the best pinot noir to drink in the city.
Pinot noir is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world and renowned for being one of the hardest grapes to grow, which is often the reason why it is one of the more expensive wines in the market. This grape variety is susceptible to disease, sensitive terroir, and suffers in changeable weather, but when appropriately cultivated, it creates an elegant and complex wine that is great to pair with any dish and can be the centre of any celebrations. It is grown around the world – primarily in places with cooler climates like Burgundy in France, Walker Bay region of South Africa, Martinborough in New Zealand, and Willamette Valley in Oregon – and creates varying styles and flavour notes from Old World style's delicate, acidic, and earthy notes, to New World style's fruit-forward and woody flavours.
So, mark this day as an occasion to raise a glass (or glasses, we are not judging) and celebrate one of the most hedonistic wines ever made. Though nothing is stopping you in getting bottles of good pinot noir to drink any day of the week. Here's a roundup of pinot noir recommendations from Hong Kong's wine connoisseurs.
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