Ok so Summer isn’t accurate around these parts.  It’s foggy, it’s wet, it’s miserable.  BUT, this is pinot weather!  Truth be told, EVERYthing is pinot weather to me, but well…

Lucky for me, next week marks the 7th Annual San Francisco Pinot Days celebration, where over 200 winemakers will represent every American pinot noir producing region.  This year, an added treat is the Oregon showcase, which includes the largest gathering of Oregon Pinot Noir producers outside of Oregon.  This event is a must for any oenophile, and pretty much everyone who likes wine at all.  For $50 you get acess to the Grand Tasting on Saturday, June 18th, from 1pm – 5pm.

Additionally, focal tastings and dinners are held all week.   The Best of Oregon Pinot Noir will include some personal favorites like Raptor Ridge and Domaine Serene, in a two hour intensive guided tasting on Friday evening.  This seminar is $85 per person, and will have 16 premium Oregon producers on hand to discuss what makes Oregon different, and also sharing typical wines from that area.

If you are more interested in the diversity that Pinot Noir affords, than you could opt for Twelve Noble Stars, on Saturday evening after the Grand Tasting.   This focal tasting is about celebrating pinot’s stylistic diversity.  Twelve producers will pour what they consider best domestic pinots on the market representing a broad range of styles and regions.  This seminar is $80.

Is Williams Selyem more your speed?  Well spend an afternoon tasting rare and amazing wines from this boutique and cult producer!  On Friday from 3-5, you can taste 12 unique wines from this cult classic.  $100

Perhaps you want some food to wash all this juice down with?  Join the American Institue of Wine & Food for a spectacular winemaker dinner, with 14 wines, 14 winemakers, and French Italian fusion at Scala.  This one of a kind pinot pariing dinner will start with 6 wines paired with starters, and a four course meal to follow, with each course paired with two delicious pinots.  I wish I were going to this but Navarra duty calls.  $180

Want something more casual?  Visit Melissa at Enoteca Ottimista for her annual pinot tasting.  5 wineries will be showcasing wines in an intimate setting fro $40.  I havfe been to this event several times and it is a great one on one approach to tasting and talking about the wines.

Wnat something more upscale?  join my friends from Inman Family Wines (great job Kathleen!) at Bridges in Danville for a kick off tasting with 4 other pinot producers.  $20

For city dwellers, a kickoff tasting at Bar Adago will have my friends from Stomping Girl Wines in Berkeley (hi Uzi & Kathryn!) for this $30 tasting of 5 producers.

There are several other tasting at retail locations in San Francisco for the week, so be sure to check the Pinot Days events page for dteails.

Here is just a small list of some personal faves that I will be seeking out:

  • Cartograph
  • Domaine Serene
  • Fort Ross
  • Holdredge
  • Inman Family
  • Olson Ogden
  • Raptor Ridge
  • Stomping Girl

See you at Fort Mason next Saturday!  Be sure to bring your mobile device, and tweet away under #pinotdayssf and #pinotdays

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