Category: Pinot Noir

Around the World of Wonderful Wines

A review of several Cru Beaujolais, some Pinot Grigios and New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
To appreciate the variety of notable wines being made around the world, try less familiar varietals or more familiar ones that come from different locations. Begin your journey in France’s Beaujolais region where the Gamay grape is made into remarkable, reasonably-priced

Chilled, Fruity And Complex Wines Work Well For Summer

Some summer wine recommendations including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Summer wines should be fruit-filled and complex enough to be interesting without overwhelming the traditional warm weather foods. They certainly need to be chilled, even the red ones, which will bring out their fruit flavors and balance. Here are some suggestions.

Napa’s Oldest Winery Leads Industry

A review of Charles Krug wines on their 150th anniversary.
The 150th anniversary of the Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug, will be celebrated this summer. With a $21.6 million renovation of its winemaking facilities and vineyards under way, the winery is positioning itself to remain a leader of California’s wine industry. The winery’s story

An American Winemaker in Burgundy Feels the Squeeze in Economic Turndown

These are tough times to be a winemaker. Consumers are buying but overall sales are down, and the demand for the higher-priced wines has nearly evaporated. The larger producers are better positioned to withstand the economic downturn, but even the giant wine conglomerates are laying off employees. For smaller producers who make limited amounts of

With Wines, Old Is New Again

The pleasures of older wines.
I prefer “Chinatown” to the “The DaVinci Code,” “On The Waterfront” over “Gladiator” and will drop everything to watch “Casablanca.” Angelina Jolie certainly has her attributes but Ingrid Bergman has a vulnerable sadness. Older movies have a captivating elegance and

New Year’s Resolution: A Frugal Cellar

Suggestions for a "Frugal Cellar" from Becky Wasserman-Hone
I love wine. I love expensive wine and I love value-oriented wine.Unfortunately, the latter does not always garner the attention it deserves. But given the economic challenges facing us for at least the immediate future, my New Year’s resolution is to readjust my wine

Choose Young Wines For Feasting

Wine suggestions for Thanksgiving.
Think young when choosing a wine for the Thanksgiving feast. The meal’s complex variety of aromas, flavors and textures are best complimented by a fruity, youthful wine with refreshing acidity. Resist the temptation to serve an aged treasure to family and friends since the typical fare can easily overwhelm their subtle

West Coast Vineyards Produce Prime Pinot Noirs

A look at some Oregon and California Pinot Noirs.
The most recent U.S. releases of Pinot Noir are well suited for the myriad of flavors of classic holiday meals. Fruit-forward with bright, complex personalities, good balance and lasting finishes, the West Coast Pinot Noirs continue to improve due to more mature vines, better site selection

Fruity Roses, Whites and Reds End Summer On A High Note

Wine suggestions for the last days of summer.
Wines with vibrant fruit flavors and refreshingly brisk acidity are ideal choices for these last days of warmer weather. Roses are perfect examples. From Oregon, the delicious, cinnamon-scented Soter Pinot Noir Rose 2007 ($20), with strawberry and cherry flavors, is crafted with a little Pinot Gris and