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Sockeye Pinot Noir

Recently, I went into Total Wine to buy a bottle of Sockeye Pinot Noir from Oregon. It's a mid-priced Pinot ($12 or so), and got a good review, so I thought I would give it a try.

When I got it home, though, I realized that while the label did say Sockeye, and had the winery's logo on it (a Sockeye salmon), the Pinot was from Southeastern Australia! I called Total Wine to find out what was going on. Turns out, the Oregon Pinot from Sockeye often sells out, and the winery sources grapes from SE Australia to make an Australian Pinot under the same label.

No matter--both wines are decent sippers, especially for the price. Light and silky tannins combine with cherries and cranberries, along with a touch of Pinot's signature earthiness, to make for a wine to enjoy all year round--with duck, chicken, and of course, salmon. Serve it slightly chilled, and don't worry what the label says.