Spring has arrived, and with the warm weather and sunny days comes a renewed craving for all things light, clean, crisp and refreshing in wine. Among the many occasions that spring gives the wine drinking aficionado, Easter offers a golden egg of an opportunity to enjoy a multitude of wines that fit this style.
In a world where getting a wine recommendation is one “hey Google” away, choosing the next best sip seems simple. However, wine publications and the ratings they give still serve as a steadfast, reliable assurance that the red, white, rosé or bubbly you are about to buy has the quality you expect. And while I always advocate for consumers to taste and judge a wine for themselves, sometimes having a rating and corresponding tasting note to reference comes in handy when making your final decision.
For California-grown pinot noir, look to the Russian River Valley for some of the very best that California has to offer. This area is anchored by the river that shares its name and is located in Sonoma County where it spans from Sebastpool and Santa Rosa in the south, up to Healdsburg and Forestville in the north.