It hardly seems like a year ago, but it is time yet again for San Francisco wine lovers to bathe themselves in Pinot Noir, courtesy of Pinot Days. Started a couple of years ago by a few Pinot Noir fanatics, Pinot Days has quickly become the largest public tasting for the varietal in California, and a healthy competitor to the ZAP festival (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) if only for the title of biggest, baddest wine tasting event in San Francisco.
Starting on Friday June 29th, Pinot Days offers the opportunity to attend a winemakers dinner and charity auction followed by a full day of Pinot seminars on Saturday June 30th. These seminars appear to be sold out at this point, but that might just offer serious Pinot lovers an opportunity to rest before the big event on Sunday, July 1st: the grand tasting of hundreds of Pinot Noir producers from California and elsewhere around the world. In case you really are looking for more of a formal education that sipping and spitting in the main hall, there will also be educational seminars offered throughout the grand tasting, and a separate ticket will get you into those as well as the main tasting.
Billed as the single largest collection of Pinot Noir ever in the city of San Francisco, this is an event that any inquisitive wine lover will not want to miss.
Pinot Days 2007
Grand Festival Tasting
Sunday July 1st, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fort Mason, San Francisco
Tickets to the winemaker dinner and auction are $150 and selling out fast. The Grand Tasting costs $50, or $80 if you want to attend regional tasting seminars during the tasting. Tickets are available for sale online, and it is highly recommended that you purchase them in advance, both to ensure your spot as well as to avoid standing in long lines on the day of the event.
As with all large public tastings at Fort Mason, parking can be a royal pain in the neck. I recommend parking some distance away and walking or taking a taxi. There are also public transportation options (good for those who have a hard time spitting) on the Fort Mason web site.
My normal recommendations for public tastings apply: get a good night's sleep; wear dark, loose fitting clothes; have a plan for what/who you want to taste; eat a good lunch before you go; and for Pete's sake people, SPIT!
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. 2015 Roederer Award Winner.Learn more.
I'll Drink to That: Nicoletta Bocca of San Fereolo Book Review: Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 5/8/16 I'll Drink to That: Tom Peters of Monk's Cafe Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 1, 2016 I'll Drink to That: Daniel Brunier of Vieux Télégraphe Vinography Images: Green Gold I'll Drink to That: Angelo Gaja of Gaja Winery Hungarian Wine: Hope, Dreams, Heritage and Progress Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 5/1/16
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune