By Carl Hanson
July 28, 2015

So versatile, Pinot Noir is great with poultry, salmon, and meat dishes. Find out what to pair with this food-friendly red.

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Pinot Noir is an often elegant wine that tastes of red fruits like cherries, raspberries, and strawberries with aromas of those same fruits plus violets and red currants -- and with age, pinot noir might develop earthy aspects like mushrooms and decaying leaves (in a good way).

Pinot noir made its mark initially in Burgundy, France, where its pedigree stretches back at least 2,000 years. Today, tasty Pinot Noir is made in Oregon, New Zealand, and some of the cooler spots in California.

Recipes to Pair with Pinot Noir

Try Pinot noir with baked or roasted chicken, roast beef, grilled salmon, roast pork loin, duck, turkey, and veal.

"This is the kind of recipe that you just throw together," says Nancy. "No need to truss or fuss. Pop it into a very hot oven and it is ready in a hurry."

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This unadorned recipe comes from the Oregon coast. For the full Pacific Northwest experience, pair it up with a Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley. "Excellent recipe for canned or fresh salmon patties," says JONNYLEN.

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Portabello mushrooms, chopped spinach, mozzarella, and penne pasta combine to create a hearty casserole. "DELICIOUS!" raves MA McBridges. "The portobello mushrooms have a very distinct flavor."

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Beef rib roast is rubbed with simple seasonings, roasted, and served with onions and potatoes roasted in the pan drippings. "Can't go wrong with this easy roast," says Betty Soup. "It's perfect for holiday dinners with family."

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Chicken breast sizzle with balsamic vinegar and browned mushrooms and topped with melted provolone cheese. "A simple, scrumptious recipe, worthy of company," says Saveur. And so simple to put together.

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"Vegetables, garbanzos, raisins and couscous in a lovely Moroccan broth taste delicious inside butter and brown sugar-brushed acorn squash," says TRUCKERDOO. "You can experiment with different vegetables. Feel free to be creative with your amounts. I usually freestyle and end up with leftover stuffing mixture, which tastes great on its own the next day."

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Fresh grilled tuna steaks are seasoned with olive oil and a splash of lime juice, so nothing stands in the way of the flavor of the grilled fish. "There is nothing better than a great tasting meal that only takes a few minutes to cook and prep," says jolissi. "You better believe I will make this again.

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Meaty, flavorful portobello mushrooms are prepped with red bell peppers, garlic, onion powder,and olive oil, and grilled over indirect heat. "Five stars!," says naples34102. "Perfect and memorable in so many ways! I used a mix of yellow, red and green peppers for additional color. So pretty! Sure, these can easily be popped in the oven, but grilling them adds such a nice, smoky flavor."

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Duck is given a quick rub down with salt, pepper, and paprika and then roasted, basted occasionally with butter. "Love, love, love this recipe," raves Ronnie. "It was delicious. I will now make duck often, and not just for special occasions."

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Salmon fillets marinate in rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic before hitting the grill. "This is the best way to have salmon, hands down," says HDCarleton. "SO good!

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Marinate the beef chuck roast in Pinot Noir, a splash of brandy, aromatic veggies, and a bay leaf. Then slow cook it with a little bacon, onions, and mushrooms until the meat is super tender. "Do yourself a favor and cook this very sexy meal," says topfuel. "You will be rewarded with a bouquet of satiny flavors."

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Veal chops and portobello mushrooms, beautifully complemented by a rosemary and red wine reduction. "I absolutely love this recipe," says shibbidyshank, "And my fiancé just loves 'the wine and mushroom sauce meat thing.' It's quick, easy, and a hit every time!"

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Check out the collection of Pinot Noir Wine Pairing Recipes.