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Pinot Noir Facts, Tasting Notes, and Health Benefits

Robert Odell Jr. believes that food is medicine and enjoys sharing and learning about the old and new wonders of natural remedies.

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Pinot (pēnō) noir (nwär) is the name of a grape and also the name of a wine. Pinot is French for "pine," signifying that the grapes grow in clusters that look like pine cones. Noir is French for "black," which describes the dark hue of the grapes.

Red Wines

Pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet are red wines produced by not removing the grape skin and seeds. This fermentation process results in high resveratrol concentrations, a plant compound that acts as an antioxidant. Pinot noir is at the top of the list for resveratrol concentration. Modest amounts of red wine do tremendous things for the heart. With a higher antioxidant concentration than other reds, pinot noir is the most beneficial of them all.

Pinot is French for "pine," signifying that the grapes grow in clusters that look like pine cones. Noir is French for "black," which describes the dark hue of the grapes.

Pinot is French for "pine," signifying that the grapes grow in clusters that look like pine cones. Noir is French for "black," which describes the dark hue of the grapes.

Benefits

Besides being loaded with resveratrol, pinot noir has a lower sugar content and fewer calories than other wines. Resveratrol's antioxidant properties help to alleviate joint pain by preventing cartilage break down. The high antioxidant concentration levels in pinot noir help to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. In essence, this variety is kind to your heart. With modest consumption, about one to two glasses a day, you may be able to improve your lifespan. Brain health and insulin sensitivity are also enhanced. Pinot noir may also help to fight against certain types of cancer.

With a higher antioxidant concentration than other reds, pinot noir is the most beneficial of them all.

With a higher antioxidant concentration than other reds, pinot noir is the most beneficial of them all.

Taste, Smell, and Alcohol Content

Pinot noir is a dry wine. Dry wines occur when yeast transforms the sugar of pressed grapes into alcohol. A fully dry wine comes about after all of the sugar is converted into alcohol. Residual sugar (RS) refers to any sugar that may be leftover. RS causes this wine to have a small amount of sweetness. Pinot noir has various fruit flavors, often with a hint of vanilla or baking spice. The pleasingly spicy fragrance has an earthy yet herbal allure. The alcohol by volume (ABV) ranges from the low end, 12% and under, to the high end, 14.5% and higher.

Pinot noir is sealed with a cork and will require a corkscrew to open.

Pinot noir is sealed with a cork and will require a corkscrew to open.

Serving

When you serve pinot noir, ideally, it should be at a temperature between 55°F to 65°F. If you don't finish a bottle, replace the cork and place it in the refrigerator. Your wine will remain fresh for up to three days.

If you don't finish a bottle, replace the cork and place it in the refrigerator. Your pinot noir will remain fresh for up to three days.

If you don't finish a bottle, replace the cork and place it in the refrigerator. Your pinot noir will remain fresh for up to three days.

Opening

Pinot noir is sealed with a cork and will require a corkscrew to open.

  • Remove the capsule, metal dressing on top of the bottle, which protects the cork.
  • Cut around the bottle under the glass lip, removing the top part of the capsule. Or cut and remove the entire metal dressing leaving a clean bottleneck.
  • Take a corkscrew tip and screw it into the exposed cork.
  • Press down on the corkscrew lever to raise the cork out of the wine bottle.

My quick, no-nonsense method is to screw the corkscrew tip through the metal dressing into the cork seal, press down on the corkscrew lever and pull the cork out of the bottle.

Moderation

Pinot noir has tremendous health benefits. It may help to prevent heart disease and relieve arthritis. However, moderation is a must. If you overdo things and drink too much, you risk reversing all of the health benefits. If you are a teetotaler, there is no need to start drinking. However, there is no harm in enjoying a glass of dry red wine with a good meal. It enhances the meal and is beneficial. So let's drink to your health, with a glass of pinot noir.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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Comments

Robert Odell Jr (author) from Memphis, Tennessee on December 27, 2020:

Pinot Noir is my favorite wine. I also love the health benefits. Thanks for reading the article.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 27, 2020:

Very detailed and thank you.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 27, 2020:

I love this wine and it has so many benefits.