Wine Club: Pinot Noirs From France

In December my friend H started a wine club.  We all sat together at one of her many dinner parties she loves to throw and brainstormed themes for each “club meeting” (aka an excuse for us to eat and drink wine).  Last weekend was our second wine club dinner and the theme was Pinot Noirs from France so we decided to do a wine & cheese.  I’m not a huge wine connoisseur and in fact, when I find a wine that I like, I typically stick to that wine and rarely try something else.  So this is a perfect way to challenge my taste buds.  I’m into Beaujolais which is a lighter red wine so you would think that I would love Pinots as well but I wasn’t crazy about these.  Of the four wines we tried, the Louis Jadot 2012 was the best.  It could be that we didn’t have food that accompanied well with pinot noirs, perhaps the cheese were too strong – I don’t know.  All I can say is these weren’t at all overwhelming but always great to catch up with great friends and company.  I can’t wait for our next wine club dinner party – sparkling wine & brunch, the perfect combination!

Wine #1 - Morey Saint-Denis 2012.

Wine #1 – Morey Saint-Denis 2012.

Wine #2 - Domaine de Hermitage de Nantoux 2011.

Wine #2 – Domaine de Hermitage de Nantoux 2011.

Wine #3 - Domaine Faiveley.

Wine #3 – Domaine Faiveley.

Wine #4 - Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2012.

Wine #4 – Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2012.

A platter of cheese from France to accompany our wines.

A platter of cheese from France to accompany our wines – including Port Salut, French Gouda and French Blue.

Super soft cheese made with truffle.

Super soft cheese made with truffle.

Warmed brie with sundried tomatoes, olive oil and garlic.

Warmed brie with sundried tomatoes, olive oil and garlic.

My full plate of cheese, baguette, crackers and fig preserves.

My full plate of cheese, baguette, crackers and fig preserves.

A classic French dessert of creme brulee to have on our France-themed dinner.

A classic French dessert of creme brulee to have on our France-themed dinner.

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