Did you ever wanted to taste, talk and learn about Pinot Noir, selected from its best growing regions around the world ? Our next event is going to do just that, and importantly we will get to carry our own choice of wine bottle. Sounds interesting ? Okay, Please read, on how its going to work.
We have selected a restaurant that allows BYOB (Bring your own bottle) for a corkage fee of $15 per bottle. We will divide the group into two teams, Each member of "Team A" brings a bottle of wine costing around $20 and members of "Team B" pay $20 for corkage and the remaining amount to buy Dessert as an appreciation award to 2 members of "Team A" who bring the best wine.
We have listed 5 regions around the world, where Pinot Noir is grown and the first 5 members who select an unique region (not selected by another member) when they RSVP will be part of Team A.
Please comment on the region of your choice from the ones listed, when you RSVP, so others know which regions have already been selected.
Responses are on a first-come bases and we would certainly appreciate your role of picking a good Pinot Noir from the region of your choice from those listed below. Besides your efforts will be duly rewarded with a free desert if you happen to bring a wine that is nominated our winner for the evening.
Pinot Noir is an incredibly temperamental grape that requires of the winemaker both sensitivity and audacity in equal measure. Today Pinot Noir is grown all over the world. In France, its ideal home is Burgundy. It's also grown in other European countries, most notably Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy.
By the 19th century Pinot Noir found its way to America, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand, but in many of these places Pinot's finicky nature and low rigor was at odds with the priorities of the winemakers at the time. Eventually each grew into itself and established unique expressions of the enigmatic variety.
We have select the following 5 regions,
Burgundy is sometimes called the holy grail of holy grails, home to best Pinot Noir in the world.
Climate: Continental. Warm summers (though not hot, per se) and cold (but not too cold) winters.
In the 1940s, most of the Pinot Noir in California was planted in the Napa Valley. Today, Pinot's main stomping grounds are in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, and Santa Barbara.
Climate: Marine along the coasts and more continental inland from the sea.
Outside of Burgundy, there are a number of standout vineyards which produce high-quality Pinot Noir, of which the Willamette Valley Vineyard in Oregon is one of them. The Willamette Valley of Oregon is at the same latitude as the Burgundy region of France, and has a similar climate in which the finicky Pinot Noir grapes thrive.
Climate: Significantly cooler than most Pinot sites in California with cool and wet winters and dry, warm summers.
Pinot is primarily grown in the south island, in Nelson, Canterbury, Marlborough, Martinborough, and Otago. Vineyard practices in New Zealand are notoriously conscientious and the majority of the country's wine producers farm organically.
Climate: Maritime with a moderating effect that provides cooler summers and milder winters. The nights are cool.
Chile is the youngest of these five Pinot producing areas. Today, the largest plantings of Pinot Noir are concentrated in three specific areas, each with the requisite cool climate that Pinot craves. The coastal valleys of Casablanca and San Antonio to the south are bordered by the ocean and thus benefit from morning fog and cool breezes courtesy of the Humboldt Current.
The third region, Bío Bío, lies at a latitude of 37º south, making it a cooler climate by nature of latitudinal locale. The days are warm and nights are cool, providing for a long growing season. However, rainfall and winds can pose a significant challenge here, making it a region that requires a bit more courage than the others.
Climate: Ranging from maritime with a moderating effect that provides cooler summers and milder winters to something akin to a European continental climate.
Please ONLY RSVP, if you are 100% committed to attending as late cancellations or a no show will make it very difficult for the success of this event and importantly, it will take a spot from someone else who is more committed to attending.
We will taste each wine and at the end of the evening, pick the best wine, but importantly have this wonderful opportunity to try Pinot Noir from around the world and learn the characteristics of the climate and soil of each region in the making of the Pinot.
To make the tasting unbiased, Please bring your bottle wrapped in a brown bag, so the label is hidden.
Our venue for the event will be Le Grenier, a Family run French restaurant with vintage attic décor and cozy atmosphere on the vibrant H corridor. The nearest metro is Union Station (Red)