Name that wine

Yesterday, I visited the Hearts and Hands winery on Lake Cayuga, not too far from where I live (as you might have guessed, my recent Galtitude was not unrelated to drinking).

I’d been once before but just for the regular tasting. This time we did the full barrel tasting tour, which involved speaking with the wine maker for an hour and a half, trying pinot from three different sites, trying wines made with various levels of destemming, and being able to ask any crazy question about wine-making that you ever thought of. It was great! If you have an inner Paul Giamatti, this is the place to indulge it. A local wine writer/tv celebrity, Evan Dawson, who is essentially a cross between Matt Lauer and Paul Giamatti did an excellent description of it all here.

They only make pinot and riesling at Hearts and Hands, but they decided they wanted to do a fuller bodied white, so they’ll be releasing a white wine made from pinot noir next year. We tried it and it was very good. Domaine Serene in Oregon makes one as well. They haven’t settled on a name yet and they’re taking suggestions.

This seems like a perfect challenge for Balloon Juice commenters. What would be a good name for a white wine made from pinot noir?

63 replies
  1. 1
    Tara the antisocial social worker says:

    Rand Paul?

    No, that would be white pinhead noir.

  2. 2
    scav says:


    I don’t know where that came from.

  3. 3
    Keith says:

    “Drink Up, That’s Why. Private Reserve.”

  4. 4
    El Cid says:


    What would be a good name for a white wine made from pinot noir?

    “Prescott School Mural”?

  5. 5
    Joel says:

    Prescott Mural

    .. or what El Cid said. Great minds think alike.

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    El Cid says:

    @Joel: stereo

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    Jamey says:

    “Pinot N.V.”

    You’re welcome …

  8. 8
    Peter says:

    Cuvée Arizona.

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    DougJ says:


    Not bad.

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    Joshua says:

    I was going to say “pinot blanc”, but apparently that’s already a thing.

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    monkeyboy says:

    white wines made from dark skined grapes are normally called a ‘blanc de noir’, so in this case the standard name would be ‘blanc de pinot noir’.

    but how about ‘oreo wine’.

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    Turgid Jacobian says:

    MY inner Paul Giamotti is Joey Slotnik.

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    Peter says:

    So how were they? (The pinots and rieslings). I live in the Hudson Valley and the winemaking here is of a different sort for the most part. I like what I’ve had from up there; I think they make the best riesling in the US in the Finger Lakes.

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    white wines made from dark skined grapes are normally called a ‘blanc de noir’, so in this case the standard name would be ‘blanc de pinot noir’.
    but how about ‘oreo wine’.

    How about “Michael Steele’s Cow on the Tracks Night Train Express”?

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    MikeJ says:


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    scav says:

    pinot faded, because the actual white grape is pinot gris. go figure. The winery doesn’t really go in much for unusual names — and here I was wasting my time trying to work in hearts and black and white and coming up with Forgiveness and all sorts of similar blather. I still like π(not) for the graphic possibilities.

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    Chyron HR says:

    Ol’ Crabbypants’ Private Reserve

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    DougJ says:


    The reserve pinot is fantastic, not just the best pinot noir ever made in the Finger Lakes but the best by a very wide margin. The regular pinot may be the second best pinot I’ve tried from the Finger Lakes.

    The special riesling we tried from barrel was fantastic, as good as FL rieslings get. The other rieslings I’ve had from them are good but not at the level of my very favorites (Weimer, Ravines, King’s Ferry).

    They also make a very nice brut rose champagne.

  19. 19
    maye says:

    wild irish rose

  20. 20
    The Dangerman says:

    One White Pinot anagram is “Poet Within” (substantially better than “Hope Nitwit”)

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    Dead Ernest says:

    From Wikipedia;

    “Pinot gris is a bud sport of Pinot noir, presumably representing a somatic mutation in either the VvMYBA1 or VvMYBA2 genes that control grape colour.”

    so maybe – ‘Pinot Gris or Gris you not VvMYAB1?’

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    DougJ says:

    @The Dangerman:

    That’s not bad.

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    The blanc de noir suggestion above is the right conventional one, but I wonder if we can’t play with that a bit.

    How about Pinot Beyond The Pale, which gets a nice Siberia/Lantsman edge to the whole notion.

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    The Dangerman says:


    That’s not bad.

    Hey, after a couple glasses, I know my Poetry improves markedly.

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    fucen tarmal says:

    toledo thunderbird

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    Brachiator says:

    What would be a good name for a white wine made from pinot noir?

    Hmmm. How about “Coeur de Pinot,” playing on the name of the winery, Hearts and Hands.

  28. 28
    DougJ says:


    That is good too.

  29. 29
    emrventures says:

    Pinot Blah

  30. 30
    mawado says:

    PINO – Pinot in name only?

  31. 31
    ks says:

    PiNOT Noir
    Pinot Noir d’OxiClean
    Pinot Guy Noir [what’s whiter than Garrison Keillor?]

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    fucen tarmal says:

    vinous cavaliers!

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    El Cid says:

    Pinot blanchis

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    keestadoll says:


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    Pooh says:

    Not sure, but just wanted to say that the Domane Serene “Jerusalem Hill” Pinot Noir is the best wine I’ve ever had in my life.

  36. 36
    Violet says:

    Alpinot? Like “albino.” That’s probably a grape too far.

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    PopeRatzy says:

    How about “utter shite” or abomination.

    White wine made from red grapes should be outlawed. The same thinking gave us White Zinfandel.

  38. 38
    Walker says:

    I live in the FL region, but have never been a wine fan. The wife and I like hard cider, but the local stuff (Bellwether) is too “winy”. So I have started brewing my own.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Jesus, a wine thread without Laura. Color me worried.

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    Cat Lady says:

    I think I’d really like Crush Camp. Daily punchdowns sound like that’d be in right in my wheelhouse, although I guess it probably has something to do with the grapes.

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    Ecks says:

    Pinot Jackson.

    (too soon?)

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    TrishB says:

    I believe there’s already one wine from pinot noir that can commonly be called Champagne. Oh wait, upstate isn’t the Champagne region, no matter how much I miss it.

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    Steeplejack says:



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    Steeplejack says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Color me worried.

    Ditto. We’ve had all threads without Laura lately.

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    HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist says:

    Just jiving on a “noir” and a white wine:

    Black & White
    Noir et Blanc (fr. “black and white”)
    Magpie (bird that nicely contrasts black and white)
    La Pie (fr. “magpie”…could tie in a with a cute logo)
    Haut Contraste (fr. “high contrast”)

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    HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist says:

    Last time I tried this, my comment/suggestions didn’t make it :(

    So one more time, jiving on “noir” and white:

    Black & White
    Blanc et Noir
    Magpie (cute black and white animal, easy to logo-ize)
    La Pie (fr. for “Magpie”, same as above, um, only French)

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    HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist says:

    Multiple posts brought to you by the Committee for Redundancy Committee.


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    shell goddamnit says:

    Pinot Gris Gris.

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    What would be a good name for a white wine made from pinot noir?

    “I love you delicious wine, you’re my best mate ever, vintage 2010”?

    While we’re on the subject of wine, in all seriousness, try English wine. It’s a blossoming industry, which can credibly compete in quality with the best of the continental wines.

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    mclaren says:


    All wines taste like mouthwash to me. Must be something genetic.

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    Derek says:

    @HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist:

    Magpie is my favorite suggestion so far.

    To whoever said they are a hard cider person: Disgusting. You are terrible.

    ETA: A friend of mine contends that all the best wines are the ones with animals on the label. So, another plus for “Magpie.” Although her friend had some other label-based theory that I can’t recall…

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    Bob says:

    Michael Jackson

    Tasteless, I know.

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    LT says:

    Coeur de Blanc or Heart of White. Elegant, catchy, not hard to pronounce, and consistent with the name of the winery and the name of the wine. How’s that? ;)

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    j henry says:

    One problem with this is the US has a law which states all wines made in the US must be named after the majority varietal used to make the wine. Only Europe can call wine by something else (region, town, province), eg, Champagne vs our Sparkling Wine. So, your white pinot noir must be called pinot noir something. And just as MikeJ said earlier, champagne is a white wine made from pinot noir.

    Stupid international law.

  57. 57
    LT says:

    j henry:

    Hence, “Coeur de Blanc – White Pinot Noir” :D

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    Jamey says:

    @mawado: Wins the Internet.

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    Jamey says:

    @Bob: Tasteless, yes, but with a great finish.

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    j henry:
    I don’t know of any law that requires you to name the wine after the varietal. The only law around this is that the US requires 75% of that varietal to be in the bottle if it is being named that varietal.

    Coeur Blanc is currently being used by a white Pinot Noir made in the same fashion at Domaine Serene. We’ll shy away from any trademark infringement.

    Our wines, to this point, have been varietal names and we’re looking for something outside our box – something dynamic, creative and can express something wonderful. Imagine looking at this wine on a restaurant wine list and being compelled to try it just because of the name. By simply calling it “White Pinot Noir” we wouldn’t want it confused with “White Merlot” or “White Zinfandel” – it’s absolutely nothing like these.

    What’s in it for you?…. You get the first 6 bottles of this wine free (as long as you’re 21).

    Keep the names rolling in! (Also, a simple search on google for your name followed by the word “wine” will save us some time to sort through the entries.)

    Tom Higgins
    Heart & Hands Wine Company

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    southpaw says:

    Maybe you could call it Genèse 1:4.

    Dieu vit que la lumière était bonne, et il sépara la lumière des ténèbres.

    God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from darkness.

  62. 62

    Mm, interesting ideas. Do you offer any kind of rating system because I can’t find it.
    Kind Regards
    Eric Nolls

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    LT says:

    Sacré Cœur – Pinot Noir Blanc.

    Sounds to Catholic?

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