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Al Hirschfeld ‘Danny Kaye’ Pinot Noir 2017
Monterey County, California

The Inspector General (1949)
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Containing one of Danny Kaye’s most iconic roles, this period-set musicalcomedy from director Henry Koster is a complete joy to watch – with or without a glass of this easy drinking Pinot crafted in his honor. Starring as Georgi, an illiterate huckster who is mistaken for the Emperor’s “Inspector General,” Kaye remains the pure-at-heart hero audiences love him for being. Enjoy this multitalented actor’s amazing physical abilities with the leap-from-the-glass flavors in this delicious red.


Danny Kaye made his mark internationally in theatre, television, and cinema, thanks to his gift for physical comedy, song and dance, and a talent for reciting tongue-twisting intellectual songs with impossible ease. His grace and dynamism were captured by iconic caricature artist Al Hirschfeld – and inspired this vivacious Pinot Noir. Hailing from California’s premium Monterey County and the excellent 2017 vintage, it brims with silky, red-berry notes and is every bit as charming as Mr. Kaye.


Nicknamed “The Heartbreak Grape,” Pinot Noir is infamously difficult to grow. The same thin skin that’s responsible for giving the wines their trademark, pale color also renders the grape susceptible to vineyard maladies and damage from harsh weather. Pinot ripens early and thrives in cool climates – while its spiritual homeland is the Côte d’Or in France’s Burgundy, it has found a delicious new character in cooler corners of New Zealand, Oregon, and California, all of which produce world-class Pinot.


GI_grapes_reditalyMonterey’s a bit different than other nearby regions. Rainfall is low, but the underground Salinas River provides water to the vines. The sunnier areas also enjoy some of California’s longest growing seasons. Grapes here have a longer ‘hang time’ on the vines, which helps develop more complex aromas and flavors. Cooling breezes from Monterey Bay seal in freshness and prevent over-ripening.


foodPinot Noir is one of the most foodfriendly reds in the world. This velvety California exclusive will delight alongside pan-seared duck breast, oven-roasted turkey, chicken thighs slathered in a tangy barbecue sauce, and other poultry dishes. You could also pair this with meaty fish (plank-grilled salmon is our favorite) or simple vegetarian pastas.

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