A couple of friends show up at a party and pull out some homemade wine. That’s your cue to grab a beer.
Unless your buddies are the three young gents behind Banshee Wines, who have 26 years of experience in the wine industry between them and are producing spectacularly affordable pinot noirs.
Noah Dorrance, Steve Graf, and Baron Ziegler sourced grapes from choice appellations and blended them to make three 2008 vinos that punch way above their $27.50 price tag. There’s something for every palate: the fruit-forward, approachable Santa Lucia; the balanced Sonoma County; and the more earthy, complex Sonoma Coast.
The boys have a cab in the works that promises to offer just as much bang for your buck. Better tell your friends.
Available online at bansheewines.com. Enter code DailyCandy at checkout for $5 off any bottle. Also available by the glass at Murray Circle, Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito (415-339-4750 or murraycircle.com); Terzo, 3011 Steiner Street, at Union Street (415-441-3200 or terzosf.com).
Photo: Kelly Dorrance / Courtesy of Banshee Wines