“What's up with your wine reviews? I can't find anything recent, and I'm heading to the DC Costco that has wine today!” wrote a reader via Facebook message last week. “I looked in examiner.com and the last one was in July.”
Embarrassingly, day-job demands have kept this column on the back burner. But with Thanksgiving looming, there’s at a bargain on an ideal holiday wine that’s just too good to ignore. Pinot noir, the delightfully light red wine that’s food-friendly and versatile enough to go great with turkey and the traditional fixings, has been a repeated Thanksgiving recommendation. (See "Thanksgiving wine tips: more of the same" and "Giving thanks for value pinot noir".) And one of the most consistently excellent pinots, from a perpetually pricey source—Oregon—is on sale in Montgomery Country for about the lowest price in the country. Okay, two Total Wine stores in Minnesota sell if for $1 a bottle less, but it's at least $5 a bottle less than the best price we could find in the District.
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Rob Garretson is an award-winning journalist, who remembers the bottle of Burgundy that converted him from a wine drinker to a wine enthusiast. He maintains a 400-bottle wine cellar in his home outside of Washington, DC, yet upwards of 350 of those bottles cost $9.99 or less.