I certainly appreciate a good deal on wine, and try to expose as many bargains as I can. But as a wine lover, sometimes you just want the comfort of a treasured favorite, whether or not you have to shake every last dime out of your Levi's to afford it.
We're spoiled here in the Bay Area, with access to unarguably some of the world's great wines, many of them tiny productions with little to no distribution. Dropping $30 to $100 on a wine you're not familiar with can be intimidating, but there are absolute gems out there no wine lover should miss. One of these is my favorite “newcomer” of the last few years, Romililly Pinot Noir.
Romililly is a tiny winery in the rainy and foggy Russian River Valley that produces one of the best-kept secrets in California wine, the insanely delectable 2008 Pinot Noir.
It's produced by brothers Aaron and Jason Inman, who grew up around their uncle, August “Joe” Briggs, maker of the esteemed (and pricy) wines under the August Briggs label. As adults, the Inmans ventured off on their own. On their website, they call Romililly “the culmination of years of experience at our uncle's winery and many long nights of quiet contemplation (read: loud raucous parties and lots of wine tasting).” So much for pretension.