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Rusty Gaffney, a retired ophthalmologist has had a love affair with Pinot Noir for nearly forty years. When he retired in 2001, he decided to devote my energies to writing the PinotFile, an online newsletter that was the first wine publication exclusively devoted to Pinot Noir. Since that time, Rusty has reviewed thousands of Pinot Noirs from all over the world and shared his thoughts first with friends and now with the world at large! For information about virtually any producer, wine region or just to enjoy his ramblings on his favorite wine variety, check out PinotFile at Princeofpinot.com



I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.

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Gap Year Adventure


For the last several months my wife and I have been on an adventure. We left our home in Southern California at the end of June and started driving north. Our first stop was in Morro bay to visit with friends and from there to the San Francisco Bay area and then to Sonoma. Over the following several weeks we drove through all of Northern California (along route 101 most of the way) and into Oregon. We spent a couple of weeks in Oregon enjoying pinot noir and the food of the Williamette Valley. Early August found us in Seattle where we turned East.

Over the course of the next 6 weeks we drove through a number of states stopping to visit with friends and family and on September 13th boarded a plane to Portugual. We have now been in Europe since that time (it's now early December) visiting in Portugal, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, London, Ireland and now Scotland. We leave soon for Paris where we will spend Christmas and New Years.

There are comments, stories and pictures on our blog and you are welcome to travel along with us as we move along our journey.


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