Wine Tastings With Friends: Pinot Noir

Posted By Don Sumner on Oct 24, 2014 |

Here’s the third and final post in our Wine Tastings With Friends series. (Click here for the other tasting parties of Pinot Gris and Rosé)

When wind and rain begin to make outdoor parties impossible, it’s time to warm up by hosting a wine tasting party.

To review: First, choose a varietal. Next, choose foods that will work well with the wine. Then, send invitations out with varietal and food ideas for your guests to bring, and prepare for fun, because wine and food pairings with friends are a great way to learn more while socializing.

Among other food and wine pairing possibilities for Pinot Noir, it pairs beautifully with dishes featuring mushrooms.

Scott Calvert, a sommelier-turned-wine consultant says that “Mushrooms pair best with earthy wines,” Calvert advises, in explaining why he pairs [mushrooms] with…reds such as Burgundy, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Noir.”

In our example—a Pinot Noir tasting—each guest will bring a brown-bagged Pinot Noir (Sumner Vineyards Pinot Noir, could be one!) and a dish featuring mushrooms. They can go to your eVite page to RSVP and get ideas for recipes.


Pinot Gris + Seafoods

To create a warming welcome, make sure your glasses are sparkling, the sideboard is loaded with plates, napkins, and flatware, and that there’s a fire or candles lit.



Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms
Poblano and Cheddar-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Wild Mushroom and Burrata Bruschetta
Two-Mushroom Velouté
Warm Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Ziti with Portobello Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese
Mushroom and Chèvre Soufflés