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2nd Annual Southern California Pinot Days
Santa Monica, CA
VIP Regional Tour and Early Access to the Grand Festival - This ticket will allow you to enter Saturday’s Grand Festival two hours early, at noon, for winemaker-guided regional tours, followed by a private tasting. For the first hour and a half you will “tour” six famed pinot regions, learning their characteristics, tasting their wines and meeting a few of their celebrated winemakers. Each regional tour will be led by a winemaker “guide,” a regional expert who lives and breathes the region and will offer you an insider’s insight. For the last half hour you can roam the hangar and taste any of the 300 featured wines in a virtually private setting. The public will be admitted at 2pm, and you are free to stay and taste until our 6pm closing. Click HERE for more details.
Grand Festival - Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 100 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 400 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.
Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner at Wine House - Enjoy an incredible, pinot-paired dinner and eighteen different pinots, as well as the colorful, gifted winemakers who create them. We'll begin with six producers pouring to you in a walk about setting while small delectables are passed, and then sit down to a four-course, pinot-focused dinner, each course paired with two pinots. The winemakers will move seats with every course so that they are able to share their stories with attendees. This pinot-paired appetizers and four-course dinner will be one for the archives, and this dinner is one not to miss. Click HERE for more details.
Pinot Days "Meet the Winemakers" Night at West Restaurant at Hotel Angeleno - Six pinot producers will pour the amazing fruits of their labor and the new vintage is spectacular - and Angeleno's West will prepare and pass pinot-focused, incredible appetizers. West's floor to ceiling windows offer an unparalleled aesthetic to their fantastic pinot pairings. Add gifted, passionate, colorful winemakers and the fruits of their labor, and what do you have? A rare chance to enjoy phenomenal pinot and food in an ideal environment for doing both. Eat, drink, and meet the winemakers. Click HERE for more details.
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.
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