Usually, I limit myself to one weekday night of wine drinking. I work out four times a week and I find that a couple glasses of wine interrupts my sleep too much for me to get the most out of my lifting at 5:30 a.m. the next morning! But this week has been a bit stressful so I decided to add one more night! Plus, we had grilled cheeseburgers for dinner and I love a good red with a burger. My husband went to the local grocery store, Nichols, and grabbed ground sirloin patties and were they ever yummy! We had some macaroni salad from the deli, too.
Our wine choice? Battle Creek Cellars’ Unconditional Pinot Noir. I enjoy Pinot Noirs from Oregon’s Willamette Valley; they’re usually smooth and yummy. I pair them with burgers, pizza and when I need something sweet, M&Ms!
This wine is aged six months in 100 percent French oak barrels. Pinot Noir is not a well-known grape as Merlot and Cabernet and others, but it enjoyed some fame when the movie, Sideways, was released. (GREAT movie, by the way, if you haven’t seen it.) If you’re looking for a lighter red with the same bold flavors as a fuller red, try a Pinot Noir. You won’t be disappointed!