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Tuesday Tributes: Best of the Blogs
Brooklyn Wine Guy

By Charles Olken

I have wanted to give a shout out to this blog for the longest time, and I have been waiting for him to say something, anything, about the existence of California. By his own count, he has written about Burgundy some 120 times, about Oregon 36 times and about California virtually not at all. In one sense, at least, that kind of close-mindedness ought to disqualify him from further consideration. He does not understand, has not tried to understand and chooses to ignore the very wines that we gather around the electronic fireplace to read about.

Still, I like reading his blog because he treats wine as a beverage that is to be used with food, and he is forever lingering over his chosen bottles and his food pairings. It is a kind of winewriting of the type that speaks to the joys of wine, not the scores of wine. Good for him, Mr. Brooklyn Wine Guy.

Give his site a look. I loved his discussion of veal cheeks, those oh-tender, melt-in-your-mouth morsels. He can get them at his local supermarket. I wish we could. They remain a specialty item around here.


A Selection of Pinot Noir Best Buys

As the number of fine California Pinot seemingly grows with each vintage, so too does the availability of good values. The CHASSEUR Sonoma Coast 2008 ($40.00) is a very rich, abundantly fruity effort that exhibits excellent structure and potential for growth, and the succulent, carefully crafted, 90-point MOLNAR Poseidon’s Vineyard Carneros 2008 ($30.00) similarly shows off a full measure of keen varietal fruit. The BEAULIEU Carneros 2008 ($17.00) is a eminently drinkable Pinot with plenty of straightforward appeal, and, both the supple CASTLE ROCK Carneros 2008 ($14.00) and the flavorful HAHN Monterey 2008 ($12.00) hit the mark for inviting value even if not quite earning full recommendation.

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