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Crew Testimonials

Thanks for continuing to publish the PinotFile newsletter. It is always filled with great information and has steered me to many wonderful Pinots over the years. Thanks for all your efforts at keeping us educated!

Tom L. DeVine

"Thank you for your service to American Pinot Noir lovers for the past eleven years."

Dennis Sienko

"I wanted to thank you for taking so much time out of retirement to produce what I believe is the best pinot noir periodical in the country. My work takes me to places where most locals would have a difficult time spelling pinot, much less knowing that much about it! On the tougher trips, I find myself re-reading your issues in an effort to remind me what I have to look forward to when I get back home."

Al Prince

"Rusty is a passionate writer on the vast subject of Pinot Noir. We love him because he can't be bought, swayed, charmed or otherwise bribed to give a wine a great rating (how refreshing in the world of wine writers these days)."

Tina Hammond, winemaker, Privé Vineyard

"I am blown away at your website. I am telling all my clients and wine friends about you, and what you are doing for us Pinot lovers. Keep up the great work you are doing!"

George Zarate

"Thanks for the reviews. I was going to email you when I sent the wines and tell you how I find them to be among my best ever. No need to do that, you nailed it. There is no other source that comes close to you on American Pinot Noir. I tell people this all the time. I learn more from your newsletter than any contemporary reviews of Pinot Noir."

Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate

"Thank you so much for the glowing article!"

Amy Wesselman, International Pinot Noir Celebration

"A sincere note of thanks for all you do through the newsletter. Your work has enhanced my appreciation of pinot and its producers. My cellar is better and so is my overall enjoyment of wine. Whether it is your well researched technical pieces or your tasting notes I am a grateful beneficiary of your work." "I trust a heartfelt thank you while no where near as impacting as your work will have some value in knowing how much enjoyment you create on the part of your readers…this reader for sure."

Walter Crutchfield

"Thank you for a stellar write up of Pinot history. Incredibly detailed and impeccably researched."

Kerith Overstreet, Bruliam Wines

"Your writing style is really superb and the attention to detail is noteworthy. PLEASE keep up the good work. Despite not writing to you in the past on your many fine articles, I have to say I look forward to every issue."

Ken Mapes

"Burt Williams tribute, Wow. I knew a lot of this and have been on the list for some time, but this is really special, thank you."

Jim Caudill

"I would like to send my great appreciation to you for your perseverance in this worthy pursuit and how much my wife and I enjoy every issue. I download and save each one for our pinot hunting excursions."

Chris Ward, Atlanta, Georgia

"The quality of YOUR product including the research, advice and writing is far superior to most of the so called reviews and commentary out there. Your advice and direction over the years have played key roles every time we have planned a trip to Northern California."

Mindy Posoff

"There are many wine-based newsletters and blogs. I have not found any that come near your in-depth reporting of the Pinot Noir segment of the business. I am always amazed at how much territory you cover to get your newsletter out each issue and appreciate the expense you go to in order to get it to us."

Richard Alfaro, Alfaro Family Vineyards

"I really enjoy your site, which I feel goes so much farther to educate people about tasting wine (as opposed to just force feeding them opinions) than other options out there. My compliments."

Melissa Casteel, Bethel Heights Winery, Willamette Valley, Oregon

"Thanks to your report last year, I discovered Windy Oaks Estates and fell in love with their wines - I am a member in their preferred pinot wine club - fortunate enough to get in before the club got wait-listed - the other small winery that I discovered from your reviews was Laura Volkmann winery in Oregon - fabulous pinots!!! I have to be choosy about getting wine shipped to me, as the shipping charges from the West Coast to New York can be rather hefty."

Ralph Biller, NY

"I LOVE your take on my very favorite varietal and learn so much from your tastings, winery write-ups, and adventures. Keep up the good work."

Charles B. Simmons, Houston

"I have found his Pinot recommendations to be absolutely spot-on, much better than those from Greg Walter's Pinot Report, for example."

Dan

"Thanks for sharing your love and knowledge for Pinot Noir - I enjoy the PinotFile and appreciate all the work you put into it."

Bob Smith

"You continue to educate me and make me smile. Keep it up."

Lou Wood

"I appreciate your time and effort on the PinotFile - it's been a great educational tool for me as a learning Pinot fanatic. I have been able to get on several mailing lists like Radio-Coteau, Rivers-Marie, and Gypsy Canyon after trying the wines based on articles you wrote."

Sandy Porter

"Please add us to your email list. Of all the wine newsletters, and especially those that concentrate on pinot noir, we enjoy yours the most by far. We currently live in South Lake Tahoe but have just purchased a 7 acre pinot noir vineyard in the southern Willamette Valley. We will be relocating in the spring and begin to build our retirement project. We look forward to sending you a couple of bottles within a few years! Keep the great newsletter coming!"

Brian and Therese Schafer, Monroe, Oregon

"I have been reading the Prince of Pinot newsletter for about 3 months now, and I am massively enjoying it. While I can't believe that there is no subscription fee (yet!), the newsletter has already cost me a lot of money in Pinot Noir purchases. As of yet, I have only tried one of the wines I have signed up for based solely on his recommendations (Windy Oaks), and I have been very pleased. On this wine, and others that he has written about which I am familiar with, our palates seems to be aligned."

"My opinion is that I place Rusty as one of my subject matter experts on wine. I trust Bob on Bordeaux, California Cabs, and the Rhone. I look towards Burghound on Burgundy. I value James Suckling's opinions on Port. And I think that I have found my guru on Oregon and California Pinot."

"Furthermore, The Prince writes about tiny producers that are not likely to be mentioned in any of the more popular periodicals...."

"Read all the posts on this thread at Mark Squires' Bulletin Board"

Errol Kovitch, Rochester Hills, MI

"We had visitors from Washington, D.C. They had heard about us in the PinotFile and wanted to come to our "Tasting Room." When we told them that we did not have a winery (we are "just a grower") and our tasting room would be our kitchen, they were even more happy to come visit and taste. If you don't already subscribe to the Pinotfile, google it and get on [the Prince's] list! It is a great weekly/bi-weekly newsletter. As I said, Rusty is not only very informed about Pinot Noir, he is extremely entertaining. His Pinotfile makes for a very good weekly read! "

Mike and Teela Ridgeway, Ridgeway Vineyards

"I just wanted to thank you for all you do for us devotees of Pinot Noir. I have found that I cannot rely on the wine critics like Laube and Parker. You never know what you are going to get from them. I have found that the wines you recommend suit my taste admirably. Keep up the good work, and again, thank you, thank you, thank you."

James, a loyal follower

"I just want to take a moment to thank you so much for producing the PinotFile. I look forward to receiving and reading every issue. It allows me on the East Coast the ability to learn so much about Pinot Noir that I would never be able to learn even though my wife and I take two trips to California every year. Thanks again for the great publication. It's much appreciated."

Richard Byrne

"You are a gift to a busy pastor of a much too large congregation who never has enough time do all the ‘Eucharistic research’ (that's what I call it!). You pave the way for my tastings and teach me every issue with both passion and fairness - what more could a guy ask?"

Chuck Simmons (aka Pinot Preacher), Houston, TX

"Keep up the great work on what is a well put together, informative, yet entertaining newsletter."

Chad, Singapore

"I print each and every one of them and read just about every word! I just love your newsletters! They really are the best that I have ever come across! Thanks so much for your stupendous work!"

Julianne Odell