In keeping with the subject of the lineage of some of our favorite varieties of wine grapes, I’d like to touch upon the Pinot family. That’s right, all the Pinots are related… which would include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and more. Each of these is a natural mutatation of Pinot Noir, producing as few grapes in a bunch with different colors and characteristics. These variations were then seed selected to grow vines that exclusively produced full bunches of these new varietals. Then there are the 16 hybrid grapes varieties that are the result of crossing Pinot Noir with Gouais Blanc. This extension of the Pinot family includes two very important varieties. Chardonnay being the source of White Burgundy and one of the most widely planted wine grapes, as well as being the third grape along with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Champagne. The other important “child” variety is Gamay Noir, which is the primary and often the only grape variety in bottles of red Beaujolais.
So, let’s praise the noble and seminal Pinot Noir for giving us so many cherished wines!