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Category: Under $30

Big Fire Pinot Noir

Life should always be sunny in Florida, right? After all it is the “sunshine state.” However, when it rains for three days straight, one has to figure out how to pass the time. Especially when one’s street is flooded and there is no backing out… Continue reading

Naked Grape Pinot Noir

When “fall” comes in Florida (the weather is below 80), it is common to see people sitting outside on their porches, drinking wine. Or at least it is around my neighborhood, with my friends. We were blessed with unseasonable weather this past weekend so it… Continue reading

Magnificent Wine Comp. Pinot Noir

When your best friend celebrates their 30th birthday, it calls for a great glass of wine. Something fun, original, yet simple. This is why we settled on Magnificent Wine Co.’s Pinot Noir – a medium bodied wine from Washington. Categorized in their line of varietals… Continue reading

Parker Station Pinot Noir

What does one do with a two hour layover at the airport en route to vacation? Sure you can shop, eat or read the paper but, if you have time to kill why not indulge in some Pinot Noir? Parker Station was the name that… Continue reading

Lindemans Pinot Noir

When you spot a wine on the shelf that is selling for $6, one of two things will happen: you will scowl and move on or your curiosity will get the best of you and you will purchase it. My curiosity has always gotten the… Continue reading

Bogle Pinot Noir

The time of the year has come when the TV will only be tuned to one station and what I have to say will fall upon deaf bears. However, becoming a “March Madness widow” has its benefits. I can drink wine while reading a book… Continue reading

Ecco Domani Pinot Noir

Always a fan of Ecco Domani’s white wines, I figured I’d give their Pinot Noir a chance. Sitting at a seafood restaurant deciding between Macadamian crusted Mahi Mahi and salmon croquettes, I chose my wine wisely, as it would determine which way my meal went.… Continue reading

Coppla’s Silver Label Pinot Noir

What makes a night out of town for two very busy 30 something’s even more romantic? A bottle of Coppla’s Silver Label Pinot Noir…and an ocean view. Life gets hectic. We all know this. Sure you can stay home and decompress with a glass of… Continue reading

Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir 2009

Attending a ladies night affair at a pottery place was possibly the last thing on my bucket list of life, but when you mention free wine and cheese, I’m in. Hoping against hope that the free wine was tolerable, and not something off the shelf… Continue reading

Lucky Star Pinot Noir

With spring rushing in, it is a great time to sit outside and enjoy wine. With my mom coming to town, it is a great excuse to visit happy hour at a restaurant with a patio. We decided to order a bottle of Pinot Noir… Continue reading

Kris Pinot Noir

Being locked out of your house on what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year is never what one hopes for but it happened. And as I sat outside waiting for the locksmith and listening to my stomach rumble, all I… Continue reading

Rex Goliath Pinot Noir

At first the appeal of Rex Goliath may be the funny “47 LB rooster” on the front of the bottle. Secondly, it may be the price tag (after all, a bottle of this wine sells for about $7 retail). Hopefully these two things are enough… Continue reading

YellowTail Pinot Noir 2009

Some say it’s hard to find the best Pinot Noir for under $20, these people need to be steered in the direction of Yellowtail. Available at most retail stores and usually listed under “Reds” column in most casual dining restaurants, Yellowtail is a brand that… Continue reading

Rodney Strong Pinot Noir 2008

Tell someone you don’t know very well that you are planning on spending the evening with Rodney Strong and they may look at you a bit funny; however, tell a wine lover that same thing and they will want to invite themselves along. A fan… Continue reading

Mark West Pinot Noir 2008

I like anything that boasts that it’s for the people. After all, I’m people and if something positive wants to help me along the way, so be it. Nevertheless, when I discovered that the mantra of Mark West Pinot Noir was “A Pinot for the… Continue reading

Yellow Jersey Pinot Noir

Part of being in a book club, or at least our book club, is that you bring lots of great books to swap and you drink a lot of wine. Though we all prefer different varietals and brands, I stick with Pinot Noir and usually… Continue reading

Araucano Pinot Noir 2006

Mention the word “fest” to me in conjunction with any kind of alcohol and I am there, so when my kind grocer at the local Whole Foods alerted me that a “Beer and wine fest” was happening, I had to hold myself back from hugging… Continue reading

Queen of Hearts

Going out downtown for the night used to involved some type of “All you can drink” atmosphere but these days I tend to gravitate toward the wine bar scene a bit more. Maybe its old age creeping in but I am pretty sure you shouldn’t… Continue reading

Running with Scissors

To be honest the thing that grabbed my attention about this Pinot Noir was the name. Reminiscent of every cautionary yell my mother shot in my direction as a youth, “Running with Scissors” Pinot Noir was a must buy. After all the back of the… Continue reading

Cloudline Pinot Noir 2007

The menu for the evening involved King crab legs, filet and fresh grilled vegetables so it was only natural the wine was just as mouth-watering. As bottle upon bottle were opened for our friend’s 35th birthday celebration, some were too fruity, some were too tart… Continue reading

Cavit Pinot Noir

The phrase, “You can’t always judge a book by its cover,” should also apply to wine. Often times the price tag doesn’t necessarily match up with the taste of the wine. Such is the case with Cavit Pinot Noir. Although the price tag is modest,… Continue reading

Erath Pinot Noir 2008

The saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Well, when my new saying goes “When in Oregon, drink as Oregonians do.” This new life mantra was created on a recent trip where my palette and my opinion were both completely changed by… Continue reading

Middle Sister Goodie Two Shoes Pinot Noir

Middle sister doesn’t just describe Jan Brady. It’s not just the nickname for my fabulous sister who often felt a little lost in the mix. It’s also the name of a perfectly blended, adorably labeled wine. Though they make both red and white wine and… Continue reading

Cellar 8 Pinot Noir 2008

For some girls Fantasy Football drafts are the dreaded enemy of the Fall season. For this girl, it is a great excuse to select a great Pinot Noir and a couple of good running backs and wide receivers. Men have their beer and their silly… Continue reading

Poppy Pinot Noir 2008

With a name so cute you can hardly resist it and a price so good you just want to stock up on it, Poppy Pinot Noir 2008 is a delicious, fruity choice for the casual wine drinker. If a fresh glass of wine after a… Continue reading

Mirassou Pinot Noir 2008

Sometimes the inevitable question arises: “Is it too early for wine?” The answer, at least in my house, is always “No.” But if you find yourself feeling a bit of the guilt at noon on a Friday, order a glass or bottle of Mirassou Pinot… Continue reading

Chalone Pinot Noir 2006

Going out to eat should always be an experience. Whether it’s the table next to you that helps create a conversation piece or a meal so great that you literally talk about it your whole ride home- every meal should be an experience. Usually for… Continue reading

La Crema Pinot Noir 2008

Turning 30 is a tough bite to chew. A girl needs her friends. A girls needs a long weekend away to embrace it all. A girl needs a good bottle of wine. All of these things were obtained this weekend and while the stories are… Continue reading

Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2008

Just as “Girl’s Night Out” is a rare treat so is finding a delicious Pinot Noir at a great price. Upon sitting down to indulge in way too much food, gossip and laughter, I knew I had to choose wisely. Nothing that would give me… Continue reading