We live in a world where 80% of wine lovers have had, or will one day have, Santa Margherita pinot grigio. This PG is easily three times the quality of Santa Margherita for almost half the price. Take a screenshot if you must. But don’t forget.
Ever since Sideways blew up pinot noir, I’ve been obsessed with finding good pinots for under $20. It’s been a massive challenge. One of the really sweet spots for this kind of thing, though, is Australia. Its neighbor, New Zealand, gets a lot of the credit for growing good pinot -- and trust me there are plenty of bad Australian pinots -- but there are some truly extraordinary gems out there. The Route du Van is a signature expression of pinot noir, and one that everybody reading this should try.
For a long time during my days hosting Wine Library TV, I would just pound on California sauvignon blanc. I was super disrespectful. This wine stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s incredibly well-made, bright, loud, and puts me in my place once and for all.