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01.10.2012

2012 Pinot Days Southern California Tasting: January 26-28, Los Angeles

pinot_days_logo.gifWine festivals in Southern California, and especially in Los Angeles, aren't particularly plentiful, for reasons I don't entirely understand. There are plenty of wine lovers in LA, but the large public wine events that make such frequent appearances in San Francisco, and increasingly in New York, just don't seem to make it down the West Coast.

Three years ago, the Pinot Days Festival came to Los Angeles, and now every year SoCal Pinot lovers have a reason to celebrate.

This year's Grand Tasting will offer the opportunity to taste more than 300 Pinot Noirs from about 100 different producers over the course of 4 hours, with snacks to nibble on from local food purveyors. Wineries from all over California, as well as a few from Oregon and even farther afield will be in attendance.

Of course, if you're a hardcore Pinot lover, you may want to participate in more than the Saturday Grand Tasting. Thursday and Friday nights feature winemakers' dinners and Saturday morning seminars are available for the truly dedicated. You can find out more about these activities on the event web site.

Pinot Days Southern California Grand Tasting
Saturday, January 28, 2012 1:00pm-5:00pm
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue Suite 203
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tickets are $60 per person and should be purchased online in advance.

My usual tips for large public tastings apply: get a good night's sleep; wear dark colors; drink lots of water; go with a full stomach; and spit so you can taste more than 5 or 10 wines and actually remember them.

Comments (2)

01.12.12 at 9:09 AM

The Pinot Days Grand Tastings are always really fun, and the SoCal version is notably free of pretense and posturing.
Discount codes for 10% off tickets are widely available from any participating winery. Feel free to use KNDRSC12

01.12.12 at 2:59 PM

You're very right about the different in wine festival attendance on the CA coast. It's very strange... But we're looking forward to this year's Pinot Days! Thanks for the post.

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