Noiret is a red wine grape variety that is a product of the plant breeding program at Cornell University.  First seedling was propagated in the 70’s along with 115 other trial crosses, was tested extensively throughout the 80’s, and initially released to NY and PA growers for field trials in 1994 as the experimental “NY73.0136.17″.   In 2003, Noiret was officially named and released for commercial wine grape production.

Ideally suited to our local climate and soils, this new variety results in a fine, full bodied red wine with characteristic peppery notes in the finish.

Winemaker’s Notes:

  • Dry – Residual Sugar  .2 %
  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • Limited production
  • $15.95



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Easy Mediterranean Chicken

– 4 boneless chicken breasts (or whole breast and/or leg quarters)
– 1 tablespoon Concord grape seed oil
– 2 cups Mediterranean olives, and/or mushrooms, etc. from the deli bar
– 1-2 tablespoons freshly minced basil

1. Coat large skillet with Concord grape seed oil and heat to medium high.

2. Add chicken and sear approximately 2 mins. per side.  Keep a splatter screen handy and turn carefully.

3. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in olive mixture.

4. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear when pricked with a fork.

5. A sprinkling of freshly minced basil over the top finishes the dish.

Serve with pasta or rice and your favorite green salad … and a bottle of LaCourette’s Noiret !