National Pinot Noir Day

National Pinot Noir Day

When I woke up this past Sunday I quickly remembered it was August 18th and National Pinot Noir Day. This is a date not to be missed and deserves a proper celebration! What better way to do this than with Pizza and Pinot!

With fellow Pinot Noir lovers assembled we headed up the Santa Cruz Mountains to Regale Winery. Walking into the grounds of Regale is an experience unto itself because it is built to resemble an Italian old world villa. The landscape alone takes your breath away. The garden patio offers colorful flowers, water fountains, beautiful arbors, olive trees, and an outside fireplace. They just added a bocce ball court and cornhole game to enhance your wine tasting experience!

Pinot Noir and Pizza are the perfect pair

On National Pinot Noir Day the owners of Sleight of Hand Pizza were firing up the pizza oven and offering a variety of yummy delights. We got to pick our favorite pizza and once we made our selection the fun began! Today we selected the Lemon Pepperoni pizza, which included pepperoni, preserved lemons, mozzarella, goat cheese, basil, and tomato sauce. It was out of this world!

Look for Sleight of Hand Pizza at Regale Winery on the 1st or 3rd Sunday’s of each month or in the San Jose Bay Area. Better yet follow them on Instagram @sleightofhandpizza or hire them for your party.

Kyle pouring us a taste of Cabernet Franc after lunch

Regale Winery offers a variety of fine wines, but today called for Pinot Noir with our pizza. We decided to sample the 2014 Estate Pinot, 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and the 2014 Carneros Pinot Noir, all of which paired perfectly with our pizza.

Regale Pinot Noirs

2014 Carneros Pinot Noir is a well-balanced wine with aromas of dark cherry and plum. On the palate, you will find layers of raspberry and baking spices. This wine pairs well with food!

2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is soft like velvet on the palate, with flavors of raspberry and blackberry. On the nose, it delivers the aroma of berries and cocoa toffee. It is well balanced and fruity.

2014 Estate Pinot was our favorite of the day. On the nose, it presents dark red fruit with hints of sweet tobacco and cocoa. This Pinot has a silky smooth finish. A truly wonderful food pairing wine.

Regale is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. Next time you are traveling between San Jose and Santa Cruz go visit them!

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