It’s capricious and difficult but there’s no denying Pinot Noir—

Happy Pinot Noir Day (yes, it really is a thing). I’m up for a bit of veneration – any excuse to celebrate the good things in life, and Pinot Noir is among the best.

There’s no denying that Pinot Noir is capricious and downright difficult to grow. But with silken elegance and beguiling perfume, diehard wine fans are willing to part with thousands per bottle for famous Burgundian examples such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

My personal indulgence, costing rather less, is New Zealand Otago Pinot Noir, especially actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks single-vineyard wines.

For value, pick Romania or Chile. But the future is all about England. I’ve just bagged two cases of Hoffmann & Rathbone’s latest Sussex Pinot Noir. Now that’s worth celebrating.


CHILEAN CHAMP: Pinot Noir 2018 (13%) Morrisons £4.75. Sleek, summery and stunning from Chile….under £5!

AWESOME AUSSIE: The Interlude Pinot Noir 2018 (13.5%) Co-op £6.85. Aussie ace with finesse and fruity class.

KIWI KRACKER: Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017/2018 (13.5%) Tesco £13. Deeply delicious bolder Pinot Noir from New Zealand.

TASMANIAN DEVIL: Josef Chromy Roaring Beach Pinot Noir 2018* (13.8%) Sainsbury’s £12.50. A treat from Tasmania! Complex & compelling, real deal. *On offer until 27 Aug


Saint Clair, Pioneer Block Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2017 (13.5%) Majestic £19.99* Fruity & silky as blueberry jelly, prime Pinot with poise. *Mix Six price

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 18th August 2019