Clive Pursehouse's relationship with wine started as a crush, literally. Pursehouse began his hands-on wine education as a crush and bottling volunteer in Woodinville, Washington, and has since expanded his research to cover Washington and Oregon. He now travels the greater Pacific Northwest tasting wine and getting to know the people who produce it—and details his adventures on his blog, Northwest Wine Anthem

So what do you think, Clive, what should I drink tonight?

My pick is the 2010 Anam Cara Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir. Oregon produces some of the most distinctive pinot in the entire world and the 2010 vintage may be its best ever. While many cool vintages take a bit of time before showing their full potential, 2010s do so right away, and with undeniable elegance. Pinot noir offers incredible versatility; it's medium bodied and loaded up with ample acidity making it a winner with grilled seafood and our treasured Pacific Northwest salmon. However, it also brings a depth and complexity of flavors, and does well with lamb, duck, or a hearty stew. This 2010 is light red fruits—raspberry and cranberry—with fantastic mouthfeel, finishing with black plums and a touch of clove. 

The Price: $30-32

Find It: Bottlehouse, Picnic