Fans of pinot noir, consider yourself officially invited to explore all the different styles of pinot noir at the seventh annual ~PINOT DAYS SAN FRANCISCO 2011~ with a number of events, including the Grand Festival Public Tasting on Saturday June 18th from 1pm-5pm in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Expect the most extensive showing ever of over 200 artisan winemakers from every domestic pinot noir region pouring tastes for you.
The Grand Festival Public Tasting includes the largest gathering of Oregon producers outside of Oregon, a Burgundy Corner with Jean Charles Boisset, and plenty of local pinot noir producers from the Santa Cruz mountains to the Sonoma coast. And so you don’t get into too deep of a haze, there will be specialty food purveyors serving bites that pair well with pinot. You’re encouraged to come with an open mind, grab a Riedel glass, and taste away at all the various regions and styles while you meet the winemakers and share in their stories.
And you won’t want to overlook the other tasting events happening as part of Pinot Days. Here’s a couple examples, but check out the entire event listing online. Ottimista Enoteca-Café is hosting a pairing event with five pinot producers on Tuesday June 14th at 5pm. Scala’s Bistro and the American Institute of Wine and Food will host a winemakers “Table Hop” dinner on Thursday June 16th at 6:30pm, pairing a French- and Italian-inspired menu from chefs Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent with 14 pinots. And on Friday June 17th, there’s a spotlight on Oregon producers and one on legendary producer Williams-Selyem.
Cost for the Grand Festival is $50; other events are individually priced. Bundle a focus tasting ticket with a Grand Festival ticket, and you’ll be able to enter the Grand Festival two hours early at 11am. Tickets online here.
Saturday Jun 18, 2011
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center