Pinot Pros Now Pouring on Yanonali

Pali Wine Company, a favorite of the Pinot loving Mr. Picky, opens in the Funk Zone in downtown Santa Barbara: Pali Wine Co. Opens Tasting Room in Funk Zone By Matt Kettmann of independent.com, Tuesday, September 18, 2012 There’s not much middle ground when it…

Mr. Picky’s Wine of the Week: 2009 Pali Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Although the 2009 Pali Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is the Mr. Picky Wine of the Week, it could have been any of Pali Wine Company’s stellar Pinot Noirs. They are beautifully crafted expressing their unique terroirs. It is also very affordable:…

Picky’s Pick of the Week: 2010 Meiomi Belle Glos Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir For Under $20

I’m not sure why the 2010 Meiomi Belle Glos Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir emphasizes “Sonoma Coast” in its name. It’s actually a blend of Monterey (57%),  Santa Barbara (23%), and Sonoma (20%) fruit. I do know that this is a lush, beautiful wine with amazing…

Mr. Picky’s Wine Pick: 2007 Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

It seems that everything Dierberg Vineyard touches turns to gold and the 2007 Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is no exception. Winemaker Tasting Notes: The finished wine reflects the character of the vintage, with intense aromas of blackberry, herbes de Provence and wet…

Pinot Noir and Poison Don’t Mix

Check out The Assassin in the Vineyard, a wonderfully written, yet sickening story of the poisoning of the vines of La Romanée-Conti. Many believe the best Pinot Noir in the world comes from La Romanée-Conti: Who would poison the vines of La Romanée-Conti, the…