There once was a time when the Pinot Days tasting was the new kid on the block in San Francisco. Now in it's eightth year, Pinot Days has firmly established itself as one of the largest and most exciting Pinot Noir events in America. If you enjoy Pinot Noir, or you are still trying to figure out if you do, this is an event that should not be missed.
Pinot Days offers a number of events to existing and prospective lovers of the grape. This year's format is a whole week of events, with restaurant-based events throughout the week leading up to the main event of the weekend: the grand tasting, on Saturday, June 16th. That day, roughly 200 different producers from around the globe will be pouring more than 400 different wines. The tasting, as in past years, is heavily focused on California producers, but increasingly draws in participants from Oregon, Washington, New Zealand, and Burgundy.
For details on the various activities as well as a list of the producers who will be pouring their wines for the grand tasting, check out the event web site.
Want Free Tickets?
I've got 4 pairs of tickets to give away to the grand tasting on the 16th. So here's what we're going to do. Pinot Noir has been called the "heartbreak grape" because of how difficult it is to turn into the wine we all love so much. Compose a poem of any kind (haiku, limerick, sonnet, doggerel, blank verse, whatever) with the theme "heartbreak grape" in mind. Post it in the comments below and include your real name and e-mail address. I'll choose my four favorites and send you and a friend to Pinot Days to mend your broken heart.
Go for it! And for anyone that doesn't win, or just doesn't want to exercise their creativity, you can get 10% off Grand Tasting and VIP tickets using the promo code: VINOGRAPHYSF12. Who loves you baby?
Pinot Days 2012 Grand Tasting
Saturday, June 16th
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123 (map)
Tickets for the grand tasting are $50 (this is one event that doesn't seem to be perennially raising its prices) and should be purchased in advance online, especially if you don't want to stand in a long line at the event. Tickets for winemaker dinners and other activities range from $30 to $150. Details are available on the event web site.
Parking at Fort Mason is easier now that it is a paid lot, but for large events like this, you'd be better off parking several blocks away and walking. Or better yet, taking public transport.
Like all such large public tastings, you will enjoy yourself and learn a lot more by following my simple guidelines: get a good night's sleep, wear dark clothes, come with a full stomach, drink lots of water, and SPIT!
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
What a Way to Go: Wine At the End of Your Life Vinography Images: Into the Tank 72 Pinot Noirs on a Sunny Afternoon: Tasting at IPNC 2014 The Great White South: An Introduction to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vinography Images: Along the Row Time For The World's Best Prison Wine Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon Vinography Images: The Red Window Taking Celebrity Wine to the Next Level Vinography Images: The Blue Berry
Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 KirÃ¡lyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy