New World Pinot is often a tad fruity and fluffy, but this guy has a solid structure. Not barnyard as in Burgundy – more earthy like Barolo. Hits the medium-bodied red category perfectly so food/mood partnerships are endless. Salmon, pork, chicken for sure, but beef is also a possibility. Lightly chill, have a glass or two while cooking. Pinot improves most people’s culinary skills.

SUTHERLAND 15 Pinot Noir, Elgin, South Africa 624924 Vintages $19.95

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