The *Other* Pinot
One of the two wines being poured was the 2006 Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc. A close DNA relative to Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc is a lovely alternative to other crisp whites like some CA Sauvignon Blancs, Spanish Albarino and Pinot Gris/Grigio. This wine had honeysuckle aromas, along with some lime on the palate, and a crisp apple finish. If you are serving seafood for the fourth, this would be a winner. Grapes are sourced both from the Russian River Valley and the Southern Sonoma County, and the wine is fermented in stainless steel. 10% of the wine sees a bit of new French oak, which adds a bit of finesse and body, but the wine overall is crisp and refreshing. A bottle retails for about $13.