Blue Fin Pinot Noir 2011

Where did Wednesday go? More importantly, where has this entire week gone?! I’ve had some long days and short nights this week, and feel like I’m just spinning my wheels. But the wine shelves are full and my spirits are high.

I don’t mean to sound winey whiny lately. So if my less-than-stellar attitude is shining through, please bear with me. If you don’t know, I’m thiiiiiiiiis cloooooooose to finishing a PhD in Sports Medicine at a fancy pants school that makes me sound smarter than I am. I’ll take it.

Anyway, the problem with being thiiiiiiiiis cloooooooose to finishing a PhD is that no one told me how hard it is everyone told me this would be really hard and I chose to ignore them. So, my dissertation defense date is looming in the all too near future, and I’m pretty close to full out mental breakdown panic mode.

In reality, this just means that I’m drinking more and sleeping less. The epitome of health and happiness right here, y’all! šŸ˜‰

Insert Trader Joe’s. Aside from the non-preventable anxiety I feel every time I hit the threshold of TJs, it’s a pretty neat place. Ignore the crowds and venture to the wine aisles, and happiness ensues. I spent $55 on 12 bottles of red wine last weekend. And somehow there are only 10 left… Blair and I (mostly just I) are doing some more market research of wines under $5 for our wedding reception.

Next up…


Blue Fin 2011 Pinot Noir $3.99 šŸ·šŸ·

I don’t usually love Pinot anything, be it Grigio or Noir. It always seems a little watered down and plain. The Blue Fin is just what I expected. It smells faintly of fruit, and tastes about the same. Sweet-ish, smooth finish, a teensy bit dry on the finish (if you focus really hard).

It’s sippable, and probably a perfect red for a red wine hater or a non-wine drinker. But it doesn’t impress me much (cue Shania Twain). I would drink it again if someone else bought it, or if I was desperate. But on a grad student budget, this Pinot Noir is a pass for me. Their Petite Sirah, on the other hand, is a total go.

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12 thoughts on “Blue Fin Pinot Noir 2011

  1. oh my, i laughed out loud at the Shania Twain reference…. also, I love pinots! grigio or noir! But I love some petite syrah too! I’m in, sign me up for any of these and I guess I’ll just be able to enjoy your wedding….

    • You better enjoy it. And dance your face off. I’m fairly certain the Petite Sirah is happening. But we’ll get a white wine and some ice cubes for you, just incase! šŸ˜‰

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! But at that price, I can’t complain or be surprised. And 1 out of 2 isn’t bad at all, since the Petite Sirah is so tasty!

    • What?! That is so sad. I don’t know much about PA liquor laws, but I think a petition is in order. Or just being smart and stocking up when you can… that’s probably more reasonable! šŸ™‚

  2. Few days ago, while I was in California, I tried Blue Fin Petite Sirah – and it was corked : ( t had a nice fruit, but that musty smell rendered the wine undrinkable… Will have to try again next time…

    • You should definitely give it another chance! Not the best wine ever, but a good value for a day to day wine. Nothing is worse than a bottle of wine gone bad šŸ˜¦

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