One way to think of buying wine is that it’s a carnival game, like the kind where you throw darts at balloons and try to pop one that will give you a prize. You walk into a supermarket and there in front of you are 50 or even 100 bottles of Cabernet or Chardonnay; you take your chances, make your pick and fairly often you come home with something pretty palatable.
But try doing that with Pinot Noir, especially for less than $20? Forget about it. That’s when the wine version of the game is rigged. The prize seems great, but the darts are dull, the balloons are underinflated and you, my Pinot-loving friend, are the mark.
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Even so, I don’t blame the sellers. In my opinion, the real culprit is the grape itself.