I am new to wine appreciation and have begun trying different wines.
I found an inexpensive wine I really liked. Is Blush or Noir describing a "standard" wine? The bottles I bought were from the Gallo Family Vineyards. I want to get more wine of the same character, do I need to find Gallo or might another Vineyard produce a comparable wine? Can someone translate the name for me?
Blush Noir (American) is this wine unique to one Vineyard?
- Reply by GregT, Dec 1, 2010.
Is this a real question?
If so, "noir" means black. It's what they call red grapes. They call red grapes black. They call yellowish-green grapes white. So red is the new black and yellowish-green is the new white.
"Blush" means pink. In French, it's rosé. In Spanish, rosado. Of course, since yellowish-green grapes don't have red pigments, the rosé is made at least in part from red, or "noir" grapes. It's either 100% from red grapes or in some cases, a blend of red and white grapes. But in the 1970s, those weren't very fashionable in the US, no matter how they were made. So some smart marketing people decided to call them "blush" wines.
The wine may be made from Pinot Noir, which is a grape. There's a family called the Pinot family (pee-noh). They're actually just mutations of each other - there's white Pinot, gray Pinot, and black Pinot. So your wine may be made from the black Pinot, or from Pinot Noir, which is a red grape. Or it may not be.
Basically all you have is marketing people trying to be clever. Blush noir sounds more special than rosé but it's really just silliness. Just look for some rosé or rosado somewhere.
- Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Dec 2, 2010.
Assuming the wine is off-dry, which it almost certainly is, you'd probably like white zinfandel. That said, get thee to an off-dry German Riesling and thank me later.
- Reply by dmcker, Dec 2, 2010.
White zin is definitely one of the nastier forms of wine around.
What is it you like about these wines you've encountered, vintage? Their lightness, the color, the level of sweetness (whatever it is), something refreshing, etc.? Give us some more info and we can steer you to better wine, without a doubt.
And we assume you're not a Gallo marketer-in-disguise... ;-)