Pinot Noir is great to have with friends who (1) have beginner’s red wine palates and the Cabs of the world are just too much for them AND (2) guzzle wine like beer making you wonder why you served it in the first place. But alas, at my age, you typically still have friends in both categories at your little parties, so accomodating both is a must. In addition, Pinot pairs well with a host of foods. But more importantly, it doesn’t require me to break my piggy bank. For about $15 to $20, I can find a bottle of Pinot Noir that most of my friends will appreciate and still drinkable for me too!
Two such recommendations are both from Maule Valley, Chile and available through My Wines Direct: