Pairing food and wine: Roast Chicken and Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir to the rescue


Eric Guido is back this week with a great recipe for Roast Chicken. Long considered the dish to judge a chef by, the simplicity of a Roast Chicken demands attention to detail and a fine understanding of technique. Eric lays out each step of the preparation and technique to ensure that your bird is moist, tender and flavorful.

Pinot Noir is a classic match for roast poultry. Eric matches his recipe with a terrific example from the Sonoma Coast. Benefitting from the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean, the Sonoma Coast is home to some of California’s most compelling examples of this fickle grape. His choice of the A. P. Vin Kanzler Vineyard is  wonderful, and works with the dish beautifully, but it is a rare bottle, and not inexpensive.

We’ve selected two great examples of Pinot Noir to pair with Eric’s Roast Chicken, one from the Sonoma Coast and another from Northern Italy that should match up perfectly to the flavors and textures of the dish. To read Eric's article and recipe click here.

What to expect: Pinot Noir

Responsible for some of the greatest wines on earth, the exhaulted red wines of France's Burgundy region, Pinot Noir is a notoriously fickle grape that expresses it's origins like no other. It's a vine that needs to struggle to produce great wines, but when it does the depth of flavors that range from cherry to cola can be explosive. The wine's bright acidity and gentle tannins make it very approachable, giving it broad appeal.

Two Great Examples of Pinot Noir

2005 Macmurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
With light oak and toast notes on the nose this starts off on the dark side but adds nice cherry pie fruit tones on the palate that are soft and supple. With a touch of vanilla and baking spice adding complexity on the backend.

2007 Hofstatter Pinot Noir Meczan

This just smells lovely, full of forest floor, tea and earth notes that gently frame the fruit. In the mouth it's bright and linear with a soft, fleshy core of red fruits that gain complexity on the finish with notes of incense, stems and tree bark.

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  • Snooth User: Natalie Kronick
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    Eric, you ROCK! This sounds and looks AMAZING! I might have to throw a Sunday night wine dinner party soon. And Pinot Noir makes my heart sing! :) Great Article guys!

    Oct 02, 2009 at 3:08 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Roast chicken is definitely one of the gifts of the gods to mankind, and a great idea to present it here, Eric. Also superb is the pairing with those lovely pinot noirs from the Sonoma Coast...

    Oct 02, 2009 at 6:18 PM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Thanks guys, This was a great pairing. I have many more to come. The wine was gorgeous.

    I'm also interested in trying Greg's suggestion from Hofstatter. I've had many of their wines in the past but never the Pinot.


    Oct 05, 2009 at 11:49 PM

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