From an auspicious start in the 1970s, Californian winemakers learned from the Burgundy masters and fine-tuned their style. Price and availability outside of the US is an issue, but many are well worth seeking out. See Stephen Brook's top 18 Californian Pinot Noirs as featured in Decanter's California 2013 guide here...
Hanzell, Sonoma 2008 18pts/20 (93/100pts) Delicate, mulchy red-fruits nose. Mediumbodied but fresh, concentrated and juicy. Shows depth and subtlety, and has a very long, spicy finish. Price £56 Goedhuis Drink 2013–2024 Alc 14.5%
You may have heard of a new wine gadget selling for just under US$300 called 'Coravin' which claims to allow wine to be tasted multiple times from the same bottle without ever removing the cork. Are you...
Intrigued. It sounds like a great idea and I would be interested in buying one (1263 vote, 29%)
Cautious, I would have to see it in action before I made my mind up (1239 vote, 28%)
Sceptical, I wouldn't risk it with my old and rare vintages (687 vote, 16%)
Not interested - if I want a glass of wine I'll just open the bottle (1179 vote, 27%)