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San Francisco Pinot Days: Pinot from All Over

The eighth annual Pinot Days grand tasting visited San Francisco’s Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this past Saturday. This was my sixth year attending the event, and I’ve seen it shrink, particularly over the past couple years, from a two-day-plus extravaganza, featuring several seminars with winemakers in addition to the Sunday grand tasting, to now a single, half-day event on Saturday, without the winemaker seminars. Pinot Days claims to still be the biggest Pinot Noir festival in the world, with over 200 producers and around 500 wines. Nonetheless, this is not the three-day-weekend, wall-to-wall Pinot fest it used to be. Continue reading

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Santa Lucia Highlands Tasting: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Country

Santa Lucia Highlands is a relatively young appellation, one of eight Monterey County AVAs, established only in 1992. Over 46% of the appellation has been planted to Pinot Noir, and over 34% to Chardonnay. I’ve long been fascinated by this area as I think that at least three of its vineyards–Pisoni, Garys’ and Rosella’s–have to be considered grand crus for California Pinot Noir, based on their substantial track records and luscious, complex fruit. Continue reading

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