Fort Worth Restaurants - Fine Dining
By now most of you are aware that we had some major work done on Chef Point Café. We doubled our seating capacity and added a full bar to enhance your fine dining experience. You may also be aware that we have added some premium wines to our menu; with that in mind we thought we would add a few articles spotlighting those wines and give you a brief history behind those wines. Today we will concentrate on Pinot Noir and the fine premium wine we carry, Parducci Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir comes from the French words meaning “pine” and “black.” This most likely is a reference to the wine’s tightly clustered dark bunches of fruit that resemble a pine cone while on the vine. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world but only in cooler climates; they became famous because of the Burgundy region in France but some outstanding wines have also been grown in California, Oregon and
These are stubborn grapes, requiring just the right amount of cool climate, perfectly cultivated soil and meticulous pruning. They are very sensitive to wind and frost and of the major varieties the pinot noir grape is much less vigorous and needs much more “babysitting” than the others, but the rewards are great as they produce some of the most outstanding wines in the world. In contrast to other well-known grapes, the pinot noir produces much better results when their yield is less, meaning that the quality pinot noir wines have a low production and a much higher demand.
One such pinot noir continually in high demand is the Parducci Pinot Noir from California. Grown in small microclimates like coastal Mendocino County in California, Parducci Vineyards uses small lots to maintain the authenticity of their pinot noir and the results are continually outstanding. The Parducci Pinot Noir has aromas of juicy ripe raspberries and strawberries and its berry flavors are full and rich on the palate with a hint of cedar in the finish.
Pairing a pinot noir with ham, turkey, pasta, shellfish, duck, mushrooms or lamb are good bets. At Chef Point Café we recommend pairing the Parducci Pinot Noir with our Half Duck, Seafood Supreme, Rack of Lamb, What Nots or any of our fine sirloin entrees.
Pinot Noir is truly an outstanding taste treat and as with all wines the individual tastes of the wine taster will dictate which dishes will best compliment this fine wine. We are excited to offer this fine wine at our Fort Worth family restaurant and hope that in the months to come that you develop a full appreciation for pinot noir, a grape and wine that justly deserves its outstanding reputation.