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3rd Annual Southern California Pinot Days
Santa Monica, CA
VIP Regional Tour and Early Access to the Grand Festival - This VIP ticket will allow you to enter Saturday's Grand Festival two hours early, at 11:00am, to experience a rare clonal tasting and blending seminar. This blending seminar will be interactive, co-led by Davis Bynum's very gifted wine educator, and Pinot Days Co-Producer, Lisa Rigisich. This is a rare chance to taste grapes from the same vineyard, the same year, each derived from a different pinot noir clone, and then to experience the effects of blending them. This process will give you insider insight into the winemaking process, and wow you with the complexity and romance of it. For the last forty five minutes you can roam the festival and taste any of the 80 featured wineries in an intimate setting. The public will be admitted at 1pm, and you are free to stay and taste until our 5pm closing. This is a very special opportunity to go deep with pinot and one of the great legendary wineries whose winemaking helped to put it on the map. Click HERE for more details.
Grand Festival - Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 80 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 300 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon to Carneros, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast to the Santa Rita Hills. Come to Barker Hangar to taste the highly acclaimed wines, and talk with the gifted winemakers who created these beautiful wines. Local specialty food purveyors will serve delectables that pair well with pinot. Click HERE for more details.
Pinot Days "Santa Rita Palooza" at West Restaurant, Hotel Angeleno - The Santa Rita Hills is one of pinot noir's most celebrated growing regions, and the area seems not only to produce some of the most compelling pinot noir on the planet, but to attract some of the most colorful and memorable winemaker personalities as well. Put these wines and winemakers in a room with a view, and you have one night not to miss! Six celebrated SRH winemakers will pour the best pinot in their lineup, and wonderful Wes Hagen, Winemaker for Clos Pepe, will join with fellow Santa Rita winemakers to immerse you in this famed pinot region. You will not want to miss one single articulate, inspired word or sip! Angeleno's West will prepare pinot-paired appetizers for you to pair. Come find out what makes the SRH legendary.Click HERE for more details.
Pinot Days Pinots and Grilled Cheese at Wine House- Ten of our favorite pinot producers will each pour their finest pinots to interested customers and will talk about their labors of love making wine from this noble grape. Enjoy some of the best domestic pinots on the planet with Grilled Cheese! Chef Todd Barrie will create some gourmet versions of this classic favorite comfort food, each intended to complement the noble grape. This is an opportunity to taste some of the most acclaimed pinots on the market today, and to meet and talk with the people who create them. Space is limited. Call to reserve a spot TODAY at 310-479-3731, ext. 0. Click HERE for more details.
Barker Hangar (Grand Festival ONLY! Other event locations are listed in title)
3021 Airport Avenue
Pinot Days is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of one of our very favorite things – domestic pinot noir.The majority of the producers Pinot Days features fall into the “boutique” category; they are not big corporations with their own marketing teams.Rather, the winemaker and/or the winery owner often make up the entire staff and thus, they are limited in their ability to bring their beautiful wines to you, the interested wine lover.That’s where Pinot Days comes in!
Pinot Days is a wine event that celebrates pinot noir in its many styles, ranging from modern to earthy to elegant. Unlike wine events that appeal to a narrow customer base featuring wines more alike than different, Pinot Days brings together pinot producers representing every California pinot style, appellation and price point, as well as a number of pinots from Oregon, Germany, New Zealand and Burgundy. Pinot Days also celebrates the passionate people who make pinot noir, which is no easy variety of grape with which to contend, but one that has the innate ability to surpass all other grape varieties.Pinot Days will enable you to explore new producers, find wines you love and can afford, and become a pinot devotee if you are not one already.
From the Grand Festival to the Winemakers Dinner to the more intimate tastings, each of the Pinot Days events will be educational, stimulating and fun. Our goal is to make each event accessible to everyone by keeping the costs reasonable and the attitude casual. Pinot Days will never become an elitist event affordable only to the rich, nor will it become an “insider” event accessible only to industry folks and pinot geeks like us. Rather, we invite insiders to come and enjoy, and we encourage those new to pinot noir – those of you who do not yet know the depth, breadth and sheer loveliness of our noblest grape – to come and taste for yourselves.And meet the winemakers, who are some of the most interesting, passionate, gifted and colorful people we know.We hope to see you there.