Archive for the ‘Pinot Noir’ Category

Finally, an actual, damn good Pinot Noir, for under $20.

Friday, October 20th, 2017 Posted in Cheap and Red, Oregon, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

I've often said "Pinots are like Porsches. Good ones are expensive, and bad ones are also expensive." A truly great Pinot Noir is a treasure, but they are elusive, and usually expensive. In my experience "cheap" Pinot Noirs are often ...

Some practical advice for holiday bubbly: Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Posted in Burgundy, France, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

I drink more bubbly than I should. For me there is no better reason to pop a cork off a sparkling wine than "hey, what a nice afternoon!" *pop!* So why wait until the holidays? I guess I'm unusual since ...

Some Lunchtime Drinking: Cameron Hughes Lot 527 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 Posted in Alexander Valley, California, Cheap and Red, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

I've had a lot of life changes over the past few years. Many of them were the cause of my lack of wine-blogging, some of them were the cause of me wine-blogging again. A move from one state to another. ...

Four Graces 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 Posted in but not outrageous, Expensive, Oregon, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

I usually avoid Pinot Noir. Perhaps "avoid" is the wrong word… more like eschew, or maybe just "pick something else for fear of being disappointed." A great Pinot is indeed a wonderful thing, but a mediocre Pinot is far ...

CH Lot 110: The wine that saved us from Raucous Red

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Napa, Pinot Noir, Sonoma | No Comments »

After the disaster that was the Raucous Red, I had to save the evening and the dinner with a "sure thing". Around our house that usually means something from Cameron Hughes. CH Wines are almost always consistent. Consistently good that ...

A go-to Pinot

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 Posted in Cheap and Red, New Zealand, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

While I like a good Pinot Noir, the Vinagoth rarely buys any. Why? It is really hard to find a cheap Pinot that is a GOOD Pinot, that is why. There are lots of cheap Pinot Noirs out there, but ...

A Washington Pinot from California?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Posted in Cheap and Red, Pinot Noir, Washington State | No Comments »

Americans have occasionally been shown to be ... shall we say "geographically challenged". Your humble Barbarian however, always knows where he is, and normally can find just about any place on a map. Navigation to me is an enjoyable ...

Petite Petite

Saturday, February 7th, 2009 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Lodi, Petite Verdot, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

I saw this bottle as I was picking up some Secreto Malbec to give away as xmas gifts. My eye of course was drawn to the "petite" word on the label, always a promise of my favorite varietal. It was ...

Two Wines, One Winery.

Saturday, November 15th, 2008 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Washington State | 3 Comments »

 Last week it was two wines from Chile, this week it is two from Washington state... sort of the American equivalent of Chile I guess. Both have dry desert areas, glacier-clad volcanoes that occasionally erupt. Both sport fjords filled with ...

An excellent introduction to New Zealand Pinot Noir.

Monday, October 20th, 2008 Posted in Cheap and Red, New Zealand, Pinot Noir | 1 Comment »

Repeating myself from an earlier post: "While dining at our favorite local bistro, I saw a Pinot on the wine list from New Zealand. Being a fearless barbarian I gave it a go. It was wonderful. Light, fruity, very different in ...