As autumn approaches and the nights draw in, I must admit to being partial to a glass of red wine. A favourite of mine is a pinot noir, one of the most difficult wines to get right. But when it is, this is an excellent tipple to indulge in.
The skins of the grapes are thin, so the wines tend to be light in colour and body as well as tannins.
A good pinot noir can be complex, oozing delicious fruity flavours tinged with earthy and spicy layers. Young pinot noirs seem to conjure up aromas of raspberries and cherries, while the mature ones tend to be richer and silky smooth on the palate.
Burgundy maybe the place that springs to mind when you think of pinot noirs, but the grape is now grown all over the world. I have just discovered an elegant number from Romania.
Waitrose Romanian Pinot Noir 2013 Dealu Mare, £6.99 (£5.59 until September 9)
This is a good value wine that is bursting with juicy cherries and raspberries with a whisper of strawberry. It is soft with the right amount of freshness and oh so easy to drink It works well with a variety of dishes, especially chicken.
By Daralyn Danns