Regular readers know that I don’t put much stock in expensive wine. Even when it’s worthwhile, these wines often fail the 10 times test: Is a typical $100 wine 10 times better than a typical $10 wine?

This red Burgundy (what the French call pinot noir) is from a 400-year French wine family and it does pass the 10 times test. The 2002 vintage, meanwhile, is one of the best in Burgundy in decades. Even better, the wine is only about $30 (available at Goody Goody). This is classic red Burgundy, with zippy tannins and a pleasantly rustic feel and taste. It isn’t especially fruity, so if you drink a lot of New World pinot noir you may be disappointed. Try it anyway.

I drank most of a bottle of this on the porch, enjoying the pleasant fall weather we’ve had lately. The St. Georges will also pair with almost anything you can throw at it for Thanksgiving, and it has lots of aging potential. How often can you say that about a $30 wine?
Wine notes

• The new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau will be released tomorrow. I’ll have a review on my wine blog.

• Wine price alert, and just in time for Thanksgiving. Most local retailers are cutting prices significantly in advance of the holiday, and I have seen some tremendous values. One of the best was the Pine Ridge chenin blanc and viognier blend, about $10 at World Market.

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