Just George

In his well-worn T-shirt, George Wine Co. owner (and sole employee) George Levkoff was probably not what the attendees of Rock ’n’ Roll Wine’s Reggae Pool Party at M Resort expected to find in the posh VIP tasting enclave. But there, bathed in the light of a giant Lexus light balloon, was Levkoff in all his casual, personable glory, serving up his 2008 Sonoma Coma—a toothsome, unfined, unfiltered pinot noir with hints of cherry cola, sandalwood and brown spice—to a who’s who. And they were lapping it up. After 14 years selling bonds in the high-stress financial industry, the subsequent decade’s foray into hands-on viniculture has been a pleasant revelation for Levkoff. Sometimes life is a comfy tee and a supple pinot like the Coma, which, he mentions, goes well with seared ahi or roasted chicken. $50, georgewine.com.

More picks from Rock ’n’ Roll Wine’s Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton

  • La Capilla Vineyards “Old Vine” Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, Calif., ‘06.
  • Belle Glos, “Meiomi” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, ‘08.
  • Rodney Strong, Russian River Reserve Chardonnay, ‘05.
  • Barone Fini “Valdadige” Pinot Grigio, Italy, ‘08.
  • Craneford Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia, ‘05
  • Apothic Red Blend, California, ’08