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Ahhhhh.......Pinot Noir. Just saying those two works can make most wine lovers swoon. But what is it about Pinot Noir that so many love? A fickle grape that requires optimum growing conditions, Pinot Noir is typically a lighter-medium bodied, fruit-forward red wine. Originally the noble red grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir is grown today in Oregon, California, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. When Pinot Days Southern California came to Los Angeles, bringing more than 40 Pinot Noir producers for an afteroon of tasting, I thought is was a good chance to ask some winemakers, and others, what Pinot Noir means to them.
At the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara Wine Country, four of the founding fathers of the Santa Barbara wine industry (Richard Sanford, Ken Brown, Rick Longoria and Bob Lindquist) gathered for a panel discussion to talk about their experiences and what they love about Santa Barbara. These are just some of the all-star winemakers who live in Santa Barbara and have helped make the region what it is today. Bob Lindquist, Richard Sanford, Rick Longoria, Ken Brown
Oh how we love Pinot Noir! That beautifully fickle grape that makes a medium bodied wine with notes of fruit (strawberry, cherry, raspberry, blackberry), earth (herbal, mushroom, leather) and spice (cinnamon, clove, smoky, tobacco).  Whether from Sonoma, Napa, Santa Barbara, Oregon, New Zealand or Burgundy, Pinot Noir is a perfect food wine.