Do you know how to pronounce Pinot Noir correctly? Here’s a quick guide on how to say this popular wine name correctly, and avoid any wine-snob embarrassment.
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Pinot noir is a red wine grape
Pinot noir is a red wine grape. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The style of wines produced from Pinot noir varies widely, making it difficult to generalize about their characteristics. Wines typically have high levels of tannin and acidity but can also be very fruity.
The word “pinot” is French for “pine”
The word “pinot” is French for “pine” and “noir” is French for “black”. Pinot noir is atype of black grape that is used to make red wine. The grape is thought to have originated in Burgundy, France and is now grown in wine regions all over the world.
The word “noir” is French for “black”
The word “noir” is French for “black” and “pinot” comes from the French word for “pineapple” due to the vine’s pine cone shape. The wine gets its name from the grape varietal it is made from, which in turn is named after the two elements it was created from: blackberry and currant.
Pinot noir is pronounced as “pee-noh nwar”
Pinot noir is a type of red wine made from the pinot noir grape. The name is French for “black pine.” It is pronounced as “pee-noh nwar.”
The “n” is silent in “noir”
Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black” alluding to the varietal’s tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped fruit.
Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, and the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Pinot noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and style into a wine.
The grape’s tendency to produce tightly clustered fruit, as well as its thin skin and susceptibility to Coulure often result in disappointing yields, particularly in hot vintages. When young, wines made from Pinot noir tend to have red berry fruits and floral notes with minimal tannins. As Pinot noir ages, it can develop new aromas reminiscent of cedar, cola and even oils.
The “r” is rolled
When learning how to pronounce Pinot Noir, keep in mind that the “r” is rolled. This can be difficult for speakers of English, which does not typically roll its Rs. Pronouncing Pinot Noir correctly can help you order wine with confidence and sound like a pro when discussing this popular grape.
Here are a few pointers for rolling your Rs:
-Put the tip of your tongue behind your top front teeth.
-Press down lightly and expel air through your mouth while vibrating your tongue.
-Don’t use too much air pressure or you’ll end up trilling your Rs, which is not what we’re going for here!
Now that you know how to roll your Rs, let’s try saying Pinot Noir again: pi-NOH noh-EHR.