Do You Refrigerate Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is one of the most popular red wines. It is essential that you follow the etiquette on how to store, pair, and serve the Pinot Noir the right way, including whether the wine should be served chilled.

Do You Refrigerate Pinot Noir?

Read on for all the information you need about Pinot Noir. 

Key takeaways

  • Pinot Noir is a versatile grape which grows all over the world in not too warm climates
  • Most Burgundy reds are Pinot Noir wines
  • It`s used to make red wines as well as rose and white champagne
  • Pinot Noir wines need to be slightly chilled and need to breath before serving depending on their age
  • You can consume Pinot Noir wines at 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit or 16-18 degrees Celsius

What Is Pinot Noir? 

Pinot Noir is a delicious and very popular red wine that is made from a Pinot Noir grape. This grape comes from the word ‘pine’. It is named this because the cluster of grapes that it is made from are in the shape of a pine cone. Noir refers to the dark color of the wine which comes from the dark color of the skin on the grape. It is a deep ruby color. 

This wine is believed to have originated in Burgundy, France and is now produced in numerous locations around the world including California, Oregon, New Zealand, Australia and more. The flavor profile of Pinot Noir can vary slightly depending on where it was grown due to differences in climate conditions and growing techniques used by winemakers. Pinot Noir grapes are sensitive to their environment which contributes to its complex flavors and aromas when bottled into this beloved red wine variety.

Pinot Noir is used for almost all red wines from Burgundy. It thrives in regions where the overall temperatures are not too high during the year. You can find it in New Zealand, Oregon, South Tirol, France (Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne) or the Finger Lake area. Pinot Noir is one of the main grapes used for the production of champagne. It`s used to make white and rose champagne.

In other regions Pinot Noir grapes are used to make sparkling wines. These are called Blanc de Noirs if they`re white sparkling wines and are made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes. For other sparkling wines Pinot Noir grapes are combined with white wine grapes to make sparkling wines like Cremant.

What Are The Flavors And Aromas Of Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most popular wines. This light-bodied red wine has a unique flavor and aroma that sets it apart from other red wines. It is often described as having subtle flavors of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and sometimes even blackberry. Pinot Noir also has an earthy aroma with notes of mushroom, leather, and tobacco. You will find lots of fruity flavors in the wine, specifically plum, berries and black cherries. There are also lots of earthy notes in this wine such as leather and mushroom. This is a great mixture of flavors for a wine. 

Is Pinot Noir served warm or cold? 

Most lighter-bodied red wines, like Pinot Noir, are better off served slightly chilled. Is Pinot Noir served cold? – No only slightly chilled!

The ideal temperature for a light bodied Pinot Noir and other lighter red wines such as Gamay or Grenache is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit or around 12 degrees Celsius. Heavy bodied Pinot Noir wines should be served at 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit or 16-18 degrees Celsius.

You can use a wine refrigerator to keep the Pinot Noir at the ideal drinking temperature. In case you don`t have a wine fridge you can use a standard refrigerator and let the wine warm up. You can control the process using a wine thermometer which you can wrap around the bottle.

The best way to enjoy this wine is to then open the bottle and let the wine breathe for around 10-30 minutes before you drink it. This will also give the wine some time to warm slightly.  Older wines need less time to breathe. You can let the aroma develop in your glass to find the right moment to drink it.

How To Store Pinot Noir 

Do You Refrigerate Pinot Noir?

When you buy a bottle of Pinot Noir, you should make sure that you know the best way to store it. Ideally you store it in your wine cellar or wine room. If you`re limited in space a wine fridge can be an alternative to store your wine bottles.

You should consider when you are planning to drink the wine to determine how long you will need to store it for. The humidity and temperature of the space you store your wine will influence its quality.

When you are considering how to store your red wine, you will have to consider a few different things. These include: 

When to drink Pinot Noir

When you are planning to drink the wine. If you plan on drinking the wine within a month of purchase, then you don’t need to store it anywhere in particular. However, if you are planning on leaving the wine to age for over 6 months, then you will ideally store the wine in a dedicated wine cooler. 

How much is Pinot Noir?

How much is Pinot Noir? Usually, if the wine costs over $30, then it is best to let it age before you drink it. If you spend a lot of money on a bottle of wine, it is a good idea to protect the investment.

When you decide whether you need any special storage, you will then need to consider the following parameters: 

  • Temperature 
  • Humidity
  • Light 
  • Vibration

How To Chill Wine Quickly 

Pinot Noir is best served slightly chilled. While you will often be able to plan to chill the wine prior to serving, you can’t always plan ahead.

Sometimes, you might want to spontaneously crack open a bottle, but you may not have chilled the wine prior to the event.

If this happens, there are lots of different ways that you can chill the wine quickly. 

Salty Ice Bath

First, find a container that is big enough to hold the whole bottle of wine. Add some water to the container and some salt. Then, submerge the wine bottle in the  container and your wine will chill within around 15 minutes.


If you don’t have much time, you should put the wine in the freezer. Leave it there for around 30 minutes but make sure you remember to take it out! Set an alarm or you’ll end up with cracked glass all over the freezer. 

Ice Cubes 

If your wine is too warm and you want it right away, you can always throw some ice cubes in the glass with the wine to cool it down. This will dilute the wine slightly as you are adding a small amount of water to the wine. 

Frozen Grapes 

You can add some delicious frozen grapes to a glass of wine to cool it down. This is a better idea than ice because it doesn’t dilute the wine. They also add texture to the drink. This works better for white or rose wines, rather than reds like Pinot Noir.

Final Thoughts 

So, now you know everything there is to know about how to serve Pinot Noir. It is also slightly chilled, which is different to some other red wine options.

There are lots of different recommendations for how to drink certain wines, and Pinot Noir is no exception to this. Make sure to follow these rules to get the most out of their Pinot Noir. 


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