Thanksgiving Eve

File Nov 25, 6 46 05 PM’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving…. and boy did it feel like Friday! Not sure how I would have gotten through the rest of this week if we didn’t have the holiday. I drafted what had to get drafted, prepared for Monday’s closings[1], and then I got out of the office. Phew.

Today is also known as Drinksgiving. The day people traditionally get wasted regroup with friends from high school who are all inevitably home for Thanksgiving….unless you’re WineEsquire, and then you just come home and drink a bottle of wine in peace.[2] Since I’ve been ready for pumpkin pie for days, I may just go to bed early to fast forward to pie time[3].


To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               November 25, 2015
Wine:              2012 Banfi Rainstorm Pinot Noir
Full disclosure, I received this bottle from the winery free of charge.

I didn’t have high hopes for this one. It was an inexpensive Oregon Pinot Noir. You may remember that in the past I’ve had trouble finding good, affordable Pinots from this state, but I was pleasantly surprised by this bottle.File Nov 25, 6 02 06 PM

A bit of earthy, barnyard mustiness on the nose opened up to a somewhat complex Pinot Noir. Not your typical soft easy Pinot, there’s a bit more going on, it almost has the hint of a sparkle on the end, maybe it’s a bit of spice. Notes of deep plum and dark cherries. Half hour in and the nose hasn’t changed much, still smells like barnyard. I get almost no tannins on the finish. Pairing well with my dinner of butternut and apple soup[4].

A good end of the day bottle, a decent buy from the land of Oregon.

Wine Dossier
Aged for at least 10 months in oak, this bottle is made from Pinot grapes grown in the Willamette[5] and Umpqua Valleys. It’s produced by Banfi, a wine importer with wine properties throughout the world. I always thought Banfi was a small Italian winery that made sparkling rosé, but the importing company was actually started by a New Yorker (of Italian descent) in 1919. His family still runs the operation today.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can pick up a bottle for between $14 and $18.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] While wearing jeans. It’s the little things in life that make you happy. #dressdownWednesday
[2] High school was overrated. Plus most of my old friends live far far away. #Kansas #theresnoplacelikehome
[3] Or I may binge watch Walking Dead while drinking this wine.
[4] Thanks Price Chopper.
[5] If Willamette Valley doesn’t ring a bell for you, think back to your days of playing Oregon Trail in computer class. Willamette was the final destination. #dystentary

What’s the Matter with Oregon?


I’m sure there’s nothing actually the matter with Oregon, it’s just a bit surprising that I can’t seem to find any good Oregonian wine. Everyone raves about how its great wine country, the photos are beautiful and I really want to jump on the bandwagon, but sadly I’m missing the boat. I admit I’ve been biased against Oregon for several years. It was Valentine’s Day circa 2009 when Husband and I ordered a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, paid through the nose[1], and ended up seriously disappointed. It’s literally been years since I ventured there again, but since I’m now a serious wino wine blogger, it’s prFile Sep 02, 8 38 31 PMetty lame that the only domestic wines I drink are from California.

So there I was in the package store and I see another bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. Regularly $18.99, on speci
al for $12.99[2]. It was also from Willamette Valley but I thought, “Hey, I’ll give it a shot.” Well, it tastes the same as I remember. Tinny, metallic and dirty. Blech.

So here’s what I need from you, Alleged Blog Readers. Send me suggestions on delicious and affordable wines from Oregon and I’ll give them a go!

Cheers to wine friends and the promise of better wine to come!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] It was Valentine’s Day so of course it was nice and pricey, but it was the type of restaurant that should have had a good wine list.
[2] It’s their “Grand Opening Sale” so I was thinking it was a good deal, not, this wine suck so lets mark it down. Let’s hope that was not the case since I literally bought a case of other “Grand Opening Sale” wines. Feck.