8th Annual San Francisco Pinot Days
San Francisco, CA
Grand Festival - Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 200 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 Fort Mason to taste the highly acclaimed 2008 vintage, and talk with the gifted winemakers who created these beautiful wines, and hear their stories.
Grand Festival VIP Regional And Early Entry Tasting - This one-hour, sit-down tasting will feature wineries in groups of 4. Each winery will pour 2 wines to a group of 50 VIPs. (Wines must be different than what you pour at your table.) Each of the four Winemakers or Winery Owners will talk the group through your wines, and will share your story with them. (NOTE: We will have several different VIP tastings going on concurrently in the four corners of the Festival Pavilion, before the Trade and Public are admitted.)
Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner at Dixie Restaurant - Pinot Days joins forces with the American Institute of Wine and Food to offer you a spectacular Pinot Days Winemaker Dinner: Fourteen wines, fourteen winemakers and incredible one-night only menu specially designed to highlight pinot noir's great stylistic versatility and pairing ability at the brand new Dixie in the Presidio by Executive Chef/Owner Joseph Humphrey, previously of Murray Circle Restaurant and The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley. (He was awarded the Michelin stars at each.) Chef Joseph’s culinary approach celebrates the region’s local, sustainable and organic farms, ranches and artisans will offer starters to enjoy with wines from six pinot producers in a walk-about style, and then a four-course meal to remember, each course paired with two pinots from two different producers. Enjoy this incredible, pinot-paired dinner and the colorful, gifted winemakers who create them. The winemakers will move seats with every course so that they are able to share their stories with attendees.
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.