At first sip, this elegant Pinot captured my attention. It offers a mouthful of ripe fruit in perfect balance. Its rich black cherry and plum aromas and flavors are beautifully highlighted with notes of blueberries, minerals, and spice. Although it’s irresistible on its own, you’ll love it at the dinner table. Pair it with special treats like a mustard and herb-crusted rack of lamb, a perfect ribeye steak, or a prime rib dinner. Winemaker Ernst Storm, assistant winemaker at Curtis in Santa Ynez Valley, makes this special wine under his own label with fruit purchased from Jim Clendenen’s vineyard, and it’s a knockout. Get it at Tastes of the Valley Pismo Beach for a value price at $32.99 retail.