How to pick between Cabernet and Pinot Noir

- Posted by Author: Jamie Matherly in Category: Uncategorized | 1 min read

Wine, in general, can be complicated and complex! There are so many different types, varieties, flavor profiles, ages- the list goes on. This can lead to many people feeling intimidated when stepping into the wine section of a liquor store!

Now, at Boone’s, we always want you to feel at home and feel comfortable enough to approach any of our staff members for a recommendation. If that still seems a little too much, we get it! Let’s help you out and differentiate between a few popular varieties. Today let’s talk about red wine, specifically Cabernet and Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal known for its dark red color, relatively high alcohol content (for a wine) and its full body, rich with tannins. Originally a French wine, Cabernet has grown to become immensely popular from other regions such as California, Chile and Australia! Generally speaking the wine is dry, not sweet and a significant mouth-feel, due to it’s tannin levels. Cabernet best goes paired with rich red meats such as steaks, short ribs, lamb or even a quality burger!

Pinot Noir is a native grape of Burgundy, France. Despite being fabled as difficult to grow, this is another wine that is made all over the world! Generally, Pinot Noir has a lighter to medium-body as opposed to Cabernet, and can definitely have blends that are more fruit-forward! Pair a light and fresh Pinot Noir with charcuterie, goat cheese and other classic French dishes. Pair a more sweet and fruity Pinot Noir with spicy dishes consisting of pork, fish or duck! A rich and full bodied Pinot can also be paired with red meats such as lamb, steak and wild game!

When in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask our Boone’s staff! They are knowledgeable and more than willing to help you find your perfect red wine.