Enjoy a Pinot for our birthday!

Pinot Noir grape harvest from Beaune-Tourism.com

Happy birthday to us! Twenty years ago today, I sent out the first edition of The 30 Second Wine Advisor, a short item titled 30 Second Wine Tasting Tip: Eyeballing wine.
That first edition went out to exactly 89 subscribers. If any of you reading this today were among them, I’d love it if you would let me know.
Today, let’s talk about Pinot Noir’s journey through those years.

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Drouhin “LaForêt” Bourgogne Pinot Noir


Ruby, clear yet dark almost all the way to a pale reddish-violet rim. Good young Pinot Noir aromas, red fruits with a pleasant, characteristic hint of tomato skin. The fresh, acidic flavor adds subtle spice, with light but perceptible tannins becoming more evident with light notes of raspberry and blueberry in a long, tart finish. Moderate 12.5% alcohol stays in the background.

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Seeker Pinot Noir Vin de France

The Seeker

Clear dark reddish-purple, with bright ruby glints against the light. Distinct cherry aromas, a mix of fresh red cherries and dried cherries, with a back note of warm brown spices. Bright and mouth-filling, luscious cherry fruit fills the mouth, nicely structured with zippy acidity and a touch of soft tannic astringency that builds into a very long finish.

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Don’t buy this wine gift … really!

Wine Bottle Woolies set from Sundance.

’tis the season again, that jolly, snowy winter season when you’re bombarded with constant calls to buy, buy, buy gifts for the holidays. Here’s a surprise: I’m not going to do that today. In fact, I’m here to talk about a wine-related gift that I suggest you don’t buy.

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Guigal 2016 Côtes du Rhône Blanc

E. Guigal

This clear, light but bright gold wine comprises a typical Southern Rhône white blend of 60% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, 8 % Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc, and 2% Grenache Blanc. Delicious yet subtle scents of tropical fruit – mangoes, green figs and pineapple – flirt with white flowers and a distinct note of honeycomb in the background. Fresh and bright on the palate, it’s medium-bodied or perhaps a bit more on the palate, reading as rich but stopping well short of unctuous. The mixed fruits of the nose merge into something not quite as complex but just as delicious that speaks of peaches and pears, wrapped up with a firm structure of fresh acidity and 13.5% alcohol.

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