Wine 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.
Four 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 three 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.
It's simply the largest collection of Pinot Noir available for the public to taste in the city limits of Los Angeles. What could be better than that?
Pinot Days Southern California Grand Tasting
Saturday, December 7, 2013 3:00pm-6:00pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tickets would normally be $75 per person or $120 for VIP treatment (early entrance and a seminar), but since you're a Vinography reader, you get a steal. Use the promo code: VINOGSC13 for 33% off the ticket price when you purchase your tickets online.
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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.
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