I happen to be very lucky and I know Alison Crowe well. She is a vibrant, energetic and influential winemaker as well as blogger. I am happy to call her a friend. This $15 pinot, is a fun, fresh and youthful wine made from Central Coast fruit. As a Santa Barbara County native, Alison was educated at UC Davis and worked her way up through jobs at Chalone and other well known wineries. She now has her own brand, Garnet and also consults with Saintsbury. Pinot Noir is the easiest grape to show true expression of the fruit, and Alison loves to play with it. The Monterey fruit is different than all the other pinots as it’s a classic Central Coast wine, with fresh, savory red fruit. Crowd pleasing and inexpensive! Viva la Garnet!