Pinot Noir is considered the most "food friendly" varietal. It's also among the top "cellaring" wines of the world. The tasting profile with Pinot Noir relies heavily on the region in which the particular grape is grown. So, for example, in France, you'll get a lighter, herbier/floral, more tart fruit flavors that are "nuanced" and sublet, whereas in California, you'll get a Pinot that has more intensity of color and flavors. These flavors are more prominent, fruitier, and prolific. Pinot Noir is a great wine to begin your journey of developing your palate because it pairs well with so many different foods and is accessible in it's flavor profile.
Pinot Noir - "Most Highly Prized"