21 June, 2010

"Pinot Days" are here again! June 22nd-June27th, San Francisco!




Yes, it is finally the time of the year for Pinot Days, the largest gathering of Pinotphiles in Northern California. Over 500 Pinot Noirs will be sampled at the various events including Pinot and food pairing events, seminars, wine dinners and of course, the Grand Tasting on Sunday the 27th. Think you can taste them all in one afternoon? I know I can't so that is why so many different events are offered.

This year I am really interested in the Pinot and food pairing events at a couple of San Francisco wine bars including District and Ottimisto Enoteca. Sounds like a good way to taste some new Pinots without being so overwhelmed. Tuesday the 22nd, you will find me mingling and drinking at District: "Seven pinot producers will pour the amazing fruits of their labor and the new vintage is spectacular. District will prepare and pass pinot-focused appetizers. Featured wineries include: Thomas George, TR Elliot, Sand Hill, August West, R. Merlo, Bink and Suacci Carciere. Add gifted, passionate, colorful winemakers and the fruits of their labor, and what do you have? A rare chance to enjoy phenomenal pinot and food in an ideal environment for doing both. Eat, drink, and meet the winemakers." To buy a ticket go here:
http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=202338&CFID=23790645&CFTOKEN=56474124

On Wednesday, June 23rd Ottimisto Enoteca will be having 6 different producers including Clos Saron, Coterie, Sequana, Handley Cellars, R. Merlo and Archery Summitt. Call them at 415-674-8400 to make a reservation.

The "Focus Tastings" sound intriguing as well. You can attend seminars on Pinots from the "Southern" AVAs such as Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley, or the "Northern" AVAs of Carneros, Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. My pick: "In Trivial Pursuit of Pinot Noir" billed as an educational yet fun event. Yikes, gotta brush up on my Pinot knowledge for this!

For the full list of events go here: www.Pinotdays.com


There is something for every Pinot lover and I love that.
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