On January 22, 2022, subscribers to Opening a Bottle joined Editor-in-Chief Kevin Day for a seminar and discussion on Pinot Noir in the Old World and New. Kevin tackled how Pinot Noir has been built up by the wine industry and pop culture, which has led to numerous misconceptions about the grape and the wines it yields. He also laid out a foundation for “wine beginners” to understand Burgundy and its cru system, as well as how American winemakers differ in their approach. There was also a visual tour of the most celebrated Pinot Noir winery in the world, Burgundy’s esteemed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
As promised, we are including some additional resources to cover aspects of Pinot Noir that we didn’t have time for. Those include these articles:
- A Tasting at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – The full story.
- A Master Turned Apprentice at Domaine Dujac – Master of Wine Ashley Hausman on her experience working a vintage at Burgundy’s esteemed (and I mean esteemed) Domaine Dujac. Plenty of technical details on what goes into to making iconic Burgundy Pinot Noir.
- Understanding Pinot Noir Terroir … By Blending It – American winemaker Tyler Thomas debunks some of the single-vineyard dogma by revealing how blending has helped him better understand his own terroir.
- A Vineyard’s Story: Savoy Vineyard in Anderson Valley – Before the shift to European wines, I had an obsession with the Anderson Valley … and I might just return to it!
- What’s Noteworthy with Alto Adige’s Wines – Including a segment on it’s (mountain) Pinot Noir scene
- The Ethos of Alsace’s Wines – A bit on the region’s emergent status with Pinot Noir
Accessing the Presentation
Subscribers can view the seminar below by entering the password PinotPinot.