Newman’s Own Wines — founded by the late Paul Newman — is a collection of four popular California varietals. The line of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir brought the late actor’s culinary company full circle when they debuted in 2008, shortly before Newman died.
Newman’s Own grew out of the actor’s cooking hobby — he enjoyed filling old wine bottles with his homemade salad dressing and giving it to friends and neighbors. Newman founded the food company and for-profit corporation Newman’s Own in 1982, directing 100 percent of all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. To date, Newman’s Own has donated more than $370 million worldwide from the sales of its nearly 100 products.
In introducing the wine division, Newman noted: “We’re back to wine bottles, but this time, we’re filling them with wine that will complement my salad dressing and pasta sauce. Wine was the only thing missing at dinnertime — now the meal is complete.”
Newman’s Own wines are approachable and food-friendly, designed for table fare. The Pinot Noir is a well-balanced wine with 18 percent Syrah and 2 percent Petite Sirah blended in to add structure and complexity. Bright berry aromas lead to a rich flavor of Bing cherries and toasted vanilla spice with floral undertones and mild tannins. The ripe fruit taste lingers through a satisfying finish. This Pinot Noir pairs well with a variety of beef, pork and chicken entrées, particularly those seasoned with herbs. It’s also a good cooking wine, great for enhancing salsas and salad dressings.
Newman’s Own 2011 Pinot Noir won double-gold at the Monterey Wine Competition and a gold medal at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. In 2012, Snooth declared it a “Top Value.”
Newman’s Own products are widely available in Columbia. Inquire at your favorite wine shop.