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Updated: Sep 17, 2019

This article originally appeared in Camana Bay Times

Because Pinot Noir is such a finicky grape that needs particular environmental conditions to thrive, quality wines made with Pinot Noir tend to be more expensive than red wines of similar quality made with other grapes. However, good value can be found in Pinot Noirs

made by large producers that can employ economies of scale. Such is the case with La Crema, one of 40 wine brands owned by Jackson Family Wines. With wineries in California and Oregon in the United States, as well as in France, Italy, Australia, Chile and South Africa, Jackson Family Wines is one of the largest wine producers in the world. The La Crema brand itself is diversified, having been established in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley in 1979 and, after being purchased by Jackson Family Wines in 1993, having added vineyards in Anderson Valley, Los Carneros, Monterey and the Sonoma Coast in California, as well as in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Pinot Noir loves a cool climate. Because of its proximity to the chilly North Pacific Ocean, the Sonoma coast experiences warm summer days and cool nights, a perfect combination for producing high-quality Pinot Noir wines that display ripe fruit flavours balanced by good acidity. La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a bold expression of the grape. It displays aromas of red fruits with notes of sweet tobacco earthiness and flavours of red and black fruits, with a bit of spice. Those who enjoy big red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah will find La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, with its bold flavours and firm tannins, to their liking. Pair it with grilled salmon, pork chops and things with wings —duck, turkey or dishes made with chicken thighs or legs.

Normally CI$29.99, this month it’s available for the special price of CI$24.99 at West Indies Wine Company.

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