I grew up in Niagara and with that comes a certain familiarity with the wines in that region. Konzelmann Estate Winery has been a semi-frequent stop for me since my early twenties. They’ve consistently produced good wines at good prices with the odd surprise to keep things interesting (like their peach wine).
Also, I really like peanut butter and chocolate together. I don’t think anybody has ever disliked Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — unless maybe they’ve got a peanut allergy. Then that just sucks, buds.
Anyway! Our pairing this week is a Niagara wine industry favourite. The first person I heard tell of this one was a fellow by the name of Jeremy Miron, who was working for Niagara Vintage Wine Tours at the time. He coined this “Peanut Noir.”
I tried this at home at his recommendation and it was a hit.
For Pinot Noir Day, we’ve revisited this divine combination:
2016 Konzelmann Pinot Noir and Reese Minis.
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Reese Minis — Why?
So, here’s the thing: We could have gone ahead and bought the full sized cup, but those typically only come three to a pack and when you commit to drinking an entire bottle at a time like we do, you’re gonna need your pairing to last. So, grabbing a small bag of the minis made the most sense, ya dig?
Normally, there’d be a review of the junk food here, but uh… You seriously don’t know what a Reese Peanut Butter Cup tastes like? Seriously? Of course you do.
2016 Konzelmann Pinot Noir
Konzelmann’s pinot noir has always been a steady and consistent go-to for me whenever I feel a need for pinot noir in my life.
I’ve paired it with mapled salmon, with hot dogs (yes…), light red-sauced pastas, and weekdays.
It’s at a wonderful and accessible price point of $15, making it a perfectly acceptable every-day wine.
It’s light in colour, light in acidity, and very well rounded with notes of red berries and red licorice. Its tannins don’t really bite at the back of your mouth and, though it’s a dry wine, it won’t give you that cottonmouth feeling the way a lot of bigger, more robust reds might.
All that said, this wine won’t leave you astounded, and it doesn’t try to. It’s just a very versatile and enjoyable light red.
Take a Reese’s Mini. Put it in your mouth.
Take a sip of your pinot noir.
Swish and chew. Then bear witness to the unbelievable change in flavours.
First, that chocolate and peanut butter comes busting through hard, but as the wine begins to mingle with it, you’ll find that it just explodes with a sort of cherry and raspberry addition that mellows the peanut butter taste.
It just straight up becomes an alcoholic PB&J in your mouth without the bread.
It’s a god damned come-to-jesus moment as your relive every one of your days as a poor, indebted university student subsisting on ramen and PB&Js and wishing you didn’t blow all your OSAP cash in two nights out.
Those were rough times.
But now there’s wine in your glass and you’re not stressed about it.
Now there’s candy in front of you, and it actually isn’t being eaten as “dinner.”
Now, you’ve successfully blended your adult life with your stugglin’ 19th year on this planet.
That’s what this pairing does for you. It’s a taste of the past mingled with your current success.
I’ll toast to that every single time.
The 2016 Konzelmann Pinot Noir is a perfect every day, affordable wine, that won’t bring with it the same kind of tannin bite as the bigger reds and its acidity is balanced well. Makes for a very versatile wine as far as pairings are concerned.
Reese’s Minis are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but there’s more. And you know what these things taste like.
Together, it’s kinda like having a peanut butter and jam sandwich without the bread and it’ll get you drunk.
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