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Four Big, Upcoming Events for Pinot Noir Lovers

There are some truly excellent events coming up for those who love Pinot Noir. I’m happy to say I’ll be attending every one of these except for IPNC in Oregon. I hope you can make one or more as well.

Pinot Days 2013 in San Francisco - June 29 & 30

pinot daysPinot Days’ Annual Grand Tasting (June 30) in San Francisco offers what is arguably the largest collection of ready-to-taste Pinot Noir under one roof in this country. This year, 140 producers will be on hand to pour and talk about their wines. I recommend paying an extra $20 to get in one hour earlier than the general public. You’ll have more time to taste and will enjoy the more relaxed environment.

Pinot Days’ grand tasting is an opportunity not to be missed, but so too are some of the side events. The seminars this year (June 29) look particularly promising:
Celebrated Vineyards is a survey of four great vineyards from California’s coastal regions. Moderated by Alder Yarrow of Vinography, you’ll taste four wines each from the Bien Nacido, Gap’s Crown, Keefer Ranch and Pisoni vineyards.

Tasting Burgundy and California Pinot with Jean-Charles Boisset is a unique chance to compare wines from the two regions—and blends of the two—with a true expert who has one foot in each place. Boisset grew up in a wine producing family in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits. Today he and his family maintain that business, one of Burgundy’s largest, but also own Russian River Valley's DeLoach Vineyards (and several other wineries) here in California’s North Coast.

At A Sojourn Through the Many Styles of Northern California Appellations you can taste through 16 Pinot Noir from top North Coast producers. Not only will you hear from the producers themselves but, in a rare public appearance, James Laube of Wine Spectator will be moderating and commenting as well. Participating wineries will include Auteur, Donum Estate, Kosta Brown, Rivers Marie and Sojourn Cellars.

Click here to see all of the Pinot Days events and ticket options. The seminars are nearly sold out so act quickly.

International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, OR - July 26 thru 28

ipncweblogofinalIPNC attracts Pinot lovers from around the world for a long weekend of excellent wine and food in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley. The full weekend passes, which includes tastings, seminars, meals and more, are sold out. However, you can can still get in on the fun with the Passport to Pinot aka Sunday Walkabout. It’s an outdoor tasting with 70 Pinot producers from around the world. This year some will also be pouring cellar-aged wines. Tickets for this event are $125.

West of West Wine Festival in Sebastopol - August 2 thru 4

West of West is focused on just one region, the “true Sonoma Coast.” The event isn’t limited to Pinot Noir, there will be plenty of Chardonnay, Syrah, other varietals and blends. However, Sonoma Coast is one of California’s best Pinot Noir regions and there’ll be some great Pinot to taste.

Events at West of West include winemaker dinners, seminars and, of course, a grand tasting. To give more people a chance to try the wines, the grand tasting is actually held on both Saturday and Sunday. More than 40 producers will be pouring and the average quality level is extremely high. Participants include Cobb, Failla, Flowers, Hirsch, Joseph Phelps, Littorai, Paul Hobbs, Peay, Red Car, etc. 

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Wine & Fire Grand Tasting in Lompoc - August 17

A few hundred miles to the south, the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance will be holding their grand tasting in mid-August. Roughly 25 producers will be offering Pinot Noir, along with Chardonnay, Rhone varieties and more. Local restaurants will be on hand, griling up a storm. Participants will likely include Cargasacchi, Clos Pepe, Cold Heaven, Fiddlehead Cellars, Longoria Wines and Sea Smoke Cellars. Tickets are $100.


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