Exclusive, interactive and educational Pinot Noir tasting..."The most amount of fun you can have with Pinot with your clothes on." WineOh.tv
"This Pinot Noir showcase event defines excellence for New World winemaking."
Reacquaint your self with long time favorite Pinot Noirs and taste cutting edge wines from new and small producers willing to reach for the stars.
Pit your palate against the expert judging panel at the Pinot Noir Showdown, attend two Pinot Noir Workshops and at Grand Awards Tasting & Ceremony, taste fabulous Pinot Noirs with winemakers - discuss one on one their approach and philosophy. A selection of Pinot-friendly hors d'oeuvre will be served. During the Grand Tasting, awards will be presented to this year's winners from both the Blind Tasting and the professionally judged Pinot Noir Shootout.
(For easiest access, enter through the Arguello Boulevard Gate)
Pinot Noir Workshops
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Pinot Noir: The Wine That Speaks Loudest from the Vineyard Top winemakers from four premier cool climate growing regions will discuss and share their personal insights into the wonderful capacity of Pinot Noir to reflect the unique characteristics of site and growing environment. Each winemaker will present and taste his personal choice of a single Pinot Noir that best demonstrates and defines the unique characteristics of site specifics and growing environment as reflected through that particular wine.
Moderator: John Drady (http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/681/), Founder, Sonoma Coast Vineyards
Eugenia Keegan, Acting General Manager, The Four Graces Winery (http://thefourgraces.com/)
John Clark, Winemaker, Brophy Clark Cellars (http://www.brophyclarkcellars.com/)
Francis Mahoney, Founder, Mahoney Vineyards (http://carneroswinecompany.com/)
David Strada, US Marketing Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers (http://www.nzwine.com/)
Erica Trombetta, Enologist, Trombetta Family Wines (http://trombettawines.com/)
1:45 PM 3:00PM
Winemakers to Watch will feature four talented and relatively young winemakers who you may not know but should. The winemakers will answer roundtable questions and share a wine that demonstrates his or her style and philosophy of winemaking.
Moderator: Fred Swan (http://norcalwine.com/home/about-us), CS, DWS, CWAS: NorCal Wine
Panel: Csaba Szakal, Owner/Winemaker, En Garde Winery (http://www.engardewinery.com/)
Alan Dewitt, Winemaker, Guglielmo Winery (http://www.guglielmowinery.com/)
Michael Zardo, Winemaker, Ten Acre Winery (http://www.tenacrewinery.com/)
Matt Hughes, Winemaker, Six Sigma Ranch (http://www.sixsigmaranch.com/)
3:00 - 5:30 PM
Pinot Noir Showdown
Blind taste 40 of the top wines selected by the professional judging panel. Your vote counts!
Male and female votes are tallied separately and the results are announced and awards conferred at the Grand Tasting & Awards Ceremony.
PINOT NOIR SHOOTOUT GRAND AWARDS TASTING & CEREMONY:
Enjoy medal winning Pinot Noirs plus other varietals with vintners from 50+ wineries as you discuss one on one their approach and philosophy. A selection of Pinot-friendly hors d'oeuvre will be served.
During the Grand Tasting, awards will be presented to this year's winners from both the Blind Tasting and the professionally judged Pinot Noir Shootout.The winners will be unveiled and final results will be announced at 7:45 PM.
DISCOUNT PRICES (updated)
All day Summit Normally $125 ~ Discount updated: $62.50 for one or more
Grand Awards Tasting Normally $75 ~ Discount updated : $37.50 for one or more
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