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06.10.2014

2014 Pinot Days Tasting: June 21, San Francisco

It's June, and that means one thing when it comes to wine in San Francisco: Pinot Noir. For the past 10 years, June has played host to PinotDays, a celebration of the grape that brings wineries and wine lovers together for a couple of days of tasting and education.

There was a time when San Francisco had no large-scale tasting of Pinot Noir, but those days seem a distant memory, now in a post-Sideways world. Every year pinot_days_logo.gifmembers of the wine-drinking public can spend an afternoon wandering in a sea of Pinot Noir, as 80 different producers (primarily California, but also Oregon and France) offer their wines for the tasting.

On Friday the 20th of June, various wineries will be present for a "Table Hop" dinner at The City Club, where winemakers will move from table to table with each course of the meal to meet guests and talk about their wines.

Then on Saturday, a couple of hours before the grand tasting, a sit-down seminar will be offered for those holding VIP, early entrance tickets. Various other events will be held that weekend, so check out the full listing on the event web site.

All of the events are available as part of packaged deals, or a la carte, for your pleasure. At the very least, if you love Pinot Noir, it's hard to think of a better way to spend a few hours than wandering around tasting great juice with a gorgeous view of San Francisco.

10th Annual PinotDays San Francisco 2014 Grand Tasting
Sunday, June 21, 2014 - 2:00pm-5:00pm
City View at Metreon
135 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

Tickets are $75 for the grand tasting, and an additional $50 for the seminar and VIP (read: early) access to the tasting, or you can buy a package ticket for somewhere between $105 and $170 depending on what selection of events you'd like to attend. Tickets should be purchased in advance online.

Use the discount code: VINOSF14 to save 33% on your tickets! Who loves you baby?

My usual tips for such public tastings apply: get a good night's sleep; go with a full stomach; drink lots of water; wear dark clothes; and remember to spit if you want to learn anything.

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