The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

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The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

#1 Post by Blake Brown » August 1st, 2019, 8:01 am

Good friend and passionate Pinot Noir mate, Rusty Gaffney, is retiring. Here's a really good and long history of this man's love affair with Pinot Noir:

http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/2208/
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#2 Post by Richard T r i m p i » August 1st, 2019, 8:22 am

A great guy and a terrific Pinot resource. His newsletter "The PinotFile" and most all of his content was available for free. Rusty described it as a "noble and thoroughly redeeming accomplishment". It very much was!

Merci Rusty and best wishes.

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#3 Post by Jeff_M. » August 1st, 2019, 8:25 am

I've met Rusty a couple of times briefly at the Wine Cellar Club picking up wine. Seemed to be a really good guy. Best to him.
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#4 Post by Mike Grammer » August 1st, 2019, 11:23 am

A very valuable and valued contributor to the pinot world, his thoughts will be missed, but best to him for sure, hope to meet one day.
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#5 Post by Blake Brown » August 1st, 2019, 11:29 am

Richard, Jeff, Mike et al, Rusty is putting it out there that he will help anyone who is interested in perpetuating the PinotFile. Its such a good resource for Oregon and California Pinots and Chards as well as producer profiles and tasting notes. I hope someone steps up and takes over.
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#6 Post by Cary Rosner » August 1st, 2019, 3:05 pm

Love Rusty’s site and have found it really useful. Enjoy retirement and you’re reviews will be missed!

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#7 Post by Dav1d S@wyer » August 1st, 2019, 9:11 pm

I enjoyed reading his farewell letter yesterday. His musings will definitely be missed.

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#8 Post by Dav1d S@wyer » August 1st, 2019, 9:13 pm

Blake Brown wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 11:29 am
I hope someone steps up and takes over.
There's another Cali physician we all know who posts prolifically on these very wines...... [berserker.gif]

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#9 Post by James Cross » August 2nd, 2019, 10:54 am

Just read the final issue. I've suggested to a friend (certified wine educator and newsletter writer) that he look into continuing the site. It looks like a lot of work, although you'd get to taste some good wines.

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#10 Post by ncostanzo1 » August 2nd, 2019, 10:45 pm

Stumbled on the Prince of Pinot I think via WB but can’t remember for sure. Have definitely enjoyed the reviews and perspective. Enjoy retirement Rusty!
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#11 Post by Chris D » August 3rd, 2019, 4:18 am

Congrats Rusty! Enjoyed PinotFile for many years.

Also would nominate the board’s sole Jayhawk fan to run PinotFile 2.0!
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#12 Post by Blake Brown » August 3rd, 2019, 6:55 am

Chris D wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 4:18 am
Congrats Rusty! Enjoyed PinotFile for many years.

Also would nominate the board’s sole Jayhawk fan to run PinotFile 2.0!
Good one Chris although you misspelled soul.
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#13 Post by Mike S. » August 3rd, 2019, 9:44 am

I will miss the insight to pinot I gained. Thanks for all the work on our behalf Rusty.
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#14 Post by Don Brazelton » August 3rd, 2019, 9:56 am

A Prince and a Gentleman. Many years ago before a trip to Sonoma and Napa, I contacted Rusty on his recommendations for smaller producers he enjoyed. His insights were spot on. He will be missed.

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#15 Post by Chris D » August 3rd, 2019, 3:24 pm

Enjoying a bottle of 2011 Walter Hansel South Slope pinot tonight in honor of Rusty. He was the reason I sought out this solid RRV pinot producer. This stuff needs some bottle time and the 2011 is showing beautifully tonight. Cheers Rusty!
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#16 Post by Peter Valiquette » August 3rd, 2019, 4:24 pm

I've always enjoyed his writing, but his avatar was a bit creepy.

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#17 Post by Blake Brown » August 3rd, 2019, 5:52 pm

Peter Valiquette wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 4:24 pm
I've always enjoyed his writing, but his avatar was a bit creepy.
I assume you are referring to the self portrait of him nosing a glass of Pinot. I kind of like it especially seeing him do that a few times with some of Burt William`s best when I was there to share.
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#18 Post by dougwilder » August 4th, 2019, 2:53 pm

Seemed like a very humble guy with a true passion for Pinot Noir. Interestingly enough we really only crossed paths about 10 years ago. I was taking a break from a walkaround tasting and he was in the same anteroom with a younger guy I took to be his son seemingly schooling him on the finer aspects of appreciation and discernment. I never realized he didn't do everything himself. No wonder I always feel deadline pressure doing all phases of my writing solo (but I know who to yell at!)
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