Isaac, I think Russell would have liked to put a sarcasm symbol next to HIS post, not yours.
Wow, 8 contributors to this thread who "just got here." Welcom Ray, RP, Joe, Lee, Shawn, Tony, Paula and Russell!!!!! Did I miss anyone. Anyway, welcome to the friendliest wine board on the net, and the eight of you will make it all the more interesting.
I fall with the majority who love the grape when it is well done, am inclined toward the burgundy style, but unfortunately don't have the time or the money to really learn it. So what's the alternative? What can take the place of burgundian style pinot?
Obviously, nothing. But as a wine one would drink on a daily basis where Pinot would be first choice but for expense, a wine that would be interesting and less than $20, where does one go? For me, it is rioja and/or southern rhone, or even, gasp, a white wine. And, of course, I keep looking for that $12 pinot treasure that no one has found yet, but ultimately go back to a cotes-du-rhone village, or a rioja. So if good pinot is too expensive, what do YOU use as a substitute?