Ready for another grape that's making waves in the wine scene? This time, we're talking about Pinot Noir!

Pinot Noir loves a cooler climate, so you'll find it thriving in regions like Burgundy, France, Oregon, and the Willamette Valley in the US. It loves soils that are rich in nutrients, but also well-drained - nobody likes to stand in puddles, not even grapes!

When it comes to flavor, Pinot Noir is all about balance. You'll taste notes of red fruit like cherries and strawberries, along with some earthy, mushroomy undertones. It's definitely got some body, but it's still light on its feet, making it a perfect wine for sipping solo or pairing with a meal.

Some popular Pinot Noir grapes include Pommard, Côte de Nuits, and Gevrey-Chambertin, and you'll find some of the best Pinot Noirs coming out of France, California, and New Zealand. When it comes to brands, some of our favorites include Sonoma-Cutrer, Oregon's WillaKenzie Estate, and New Zealand's Ata Rangi.

So if you're looking to try something new, and want to show off your wine knowledge to your friends, grab a bottle of Pinot Noir! It's definitely a grape that'll keep you coming back for more.