When in doubt, Pinot Noir is the answer — it’s honestly that simple. Whether you’re going to dinner at a friend’s place and don’t know what they’re cooking, filling your wineskin before skiing the backcountry or slipping into a bubble bath with Hemingway to condition your soul, Pinot Noir will suit the occasion.
The cradle of Pinot Noir lies in the Burgundy region of France, and this is where you’ll find ones that are among the greatest wines made on earth. Sadly these can escalate to near-obscene prices, but that said, you can still find precious versions made around the world that will fit your budget without giving you a coronary. New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, California, British Columbia and Australia, among other regions, make versions that are within the reach of our everyday reality.
For this week’s recommendation, I’m sharing a fantastic wine that drinks incredibly well for its price:
Yering Station “Little Yering” 2013, $15.99
Finding a decent Pinot Noir at this price can be a long shot, but wow, does this deliver. Yering Station is located in the cool-climate region of the Upper Yarra Valley of Australia, giving it an elegant and graceful disposition. Like noshing on cinnamon and cherry toast with a blueberry Smurf while lying on a bed of baked lavender and violets. Available at BC Liquor Stores.