[BRACKET "3. Pheasant"]
The mild gaminess and subtle texture of pheasant call for a lighter red wine. You don't want a big, overpowering cabernet, but a pinot noir, especially one from California's Russian River Valley, is a good match. These wines exhibit an elegant body, fruit, some spice, and a complexity that can be described as faintly gamey. I'm particularly impressed by Rodney Strong's pinot noirs, which sell for a reasonable $19.