I am a huge fan of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and there are an increasing number of winemakers producing balanced, beautiful Pinots from the region. Some of the best wines will definitely cost you well over $50 but there are also a number of relatively inexpensive wines that are incredibly delicious. Failla Wines has been a long-time favorite Pinot producer of ours and Failla’s 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot is a great value at around $35.
Failla 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir begins with aromas of bright, red berries, spice, and flowers. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is fresh and incredibly easy to drink. There are tastes of ripe, red fruit and hints of earth supported with bright acidity. A delicious Pinot Noir that will inevitably disappear too quickly! (13.9% alcohol)
Beach, pool, porch, hammock, boat…what do these words all have in common? They are all great places to enjoy a bottle of Olivier Lemasson Pow Blop Wizz. Pow Blop Wizz is the perfect wine for summertime sipping. This Pet-Nat is a blend of Grolleau and Cabernet Franc from the Loire region of France. Naturally made and incredibly light & balanced, it’s the type of wine you most definitely want to have on hand for pool parties and BBQs.
Pow Blop Wizz is fruit-forward with a touch of residual sugar but it has enough eccentricity to balance the palate. There are tastes of melon, strawberries, and yeast with delicate bubbles and a bit of a creamy texture. Incredibly fresh and sooooooooo easy to sip but, be warned, one bottle of this gluttonous wine is not enough! I would buy a case if I could find more in LA! (10% alcohol, $20)