Wherein we ask local wine notables to make our weeknight drinking decisions for us.
Owner Henri Schock says that the wine geeks at Bottlehouse—the tasting bar he runs with his wife Soni—are self-proclaimed experts at "finding that perfect wine."
So, what do you think, Henri, what should I drink tonight?
As the days draw shorter and unavoidably cooler, I tend to start gravitating from crisp whites and light roses to medium-bodied whites and reds. The 2009 Youngberg Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a wine you want to tell your friends about. It's a wine that you’ll want to pull out for a dinner party, have your guests try, and then have them guess the price. When you tell them it's $25, they'll do a double take. While the lush, full-bodied black fruit profile will keep you comfortable during those late, al fresco summer evenings, the vibrancy from this acid-rich wine will remind you that it's almost—not quite yet time to slink into your flannels and Pendleton blankets. Earthy undertones, followed by some crazy cola notes bring even more complexity to the table. This wine will make you think.
The Price: $25
Find It: Bottlehouse, or Wine World