The 2004 movie Sideways certainly was an influence in making Pinot Noir an everyday, by-the-glass addition to wine lists from casual dining to upscale hotels. The trend continues and it is growing. James Laube recently wrote about the 2009 California Pinot Noir crop in the October 15th issue of the Wine Spectator, stating, “Without a doubt, 2009 ranks alongside 2007 as the best vintage this decade. But in terms of the number of great wines, ’09 is head and shoulders above any other vintage in California Pinot Noir history.” With that being said, the majority of Pinots are priced out of reach for an affordable by-the-glass selection. But there are quite a few good, inexpensive bottles available to take advantage of in this vintage that won’t break your budget, taste great, and are available nationwide through solid suppliers.