For you wine hounds out there, I’m happy to report more wineries are making smaller bottles. I think they finally realized that not everyone or every family or every purchasing unit is capable of polishing off a whole bottle of booze in a day or two. And no matter how you vacuum seal it, wine (and beer) decay rapidly once exposed to air at all.

I think the price of bottles and bottling has gone down. Especially if you don’t use cork.

Anyway, La Crema Pinot Noir is quite a good half-bottle.

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

It got a 90 rating on Wine Spectator, which I consider the most respected wine rating guide. But basically everyone gave it a 90.

I’ve long said that 90 rating is my personal sweet spot. Because my palette is that of a normal human. Anything higher and it becomes too complex for me to enjoy. People who rate wines for a living, do not have the same tastes as me. I’ve regretted most of my purchases of 95+ wines.

Anyway, it’s pretty cheap, as far as 90-rating wines go, and goes with a lot. They have a number of half-bottles I recommend. 2017 was a pretty good year. I ordered mine on BevMo. $12.99 for Pinot, $9.99 for Chardonnay. Half-bottles. You’ll save money buying full bottles. But if you don’t slug it in a few days, it won’t be worth it.


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