Adrian Fog Pinot Noir
Here’s the thing about BYOB—restaurateurs hate it when you bring a $10 bottle of Aussie Shiraz, but sommeliers love it when someone comes in with an obscure bottle they’ve never tried. And I don’t mean something you found in the Eastern European section of the wine store. It should be something you care about that’s out of the ordinary. For me it was a bottle of Pinot from Adrian Fog, who makes stellar wine out of a commercial space in Sebastopol. Mine was sourced from the Savoy Vineyard in the Anderson Valley, but this is a winery that you can pretty much close your eyes and any bottle (it will always be Pinot) will blow you away. I offered the sommelier a taste (always do this with a special bottle) and he gave me what very wine nerd wants—the sommelier knowing nod. Well done, sir. I pass it on to winery owner Stewart Dorman (and part-time Vancouver resident), well done sir.