One of the great Pinot Noir events in America is coming to Southern California in January, Pinot Days 2012. It will be the third annual Pinot Days for SoCal, and Pinot lovers already have the date marked in bold font on their digital calendars - or circled on the wall calendar from their insurance agent.
Pinot Days is staged by the Bay Area Wine Project in an effort to spread the love about Pinot Noir, many wine lovers' favorite grape. They also put on Pinot Days events at other times of the year in San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas.
The Grand Tasting will happen on Saturday, January 28th, but there are three winemaker dinner events on the Thursday and Friday preceding, two at The Wine House Upstairs in West Los Angeles and one at West Restaurant at Hotel Angeleno in Santa Monica.
Pinot Days promises "serious wine, serious fun" for attendees and, judging by the previous two Pinot Days shows in Southern California, for the winemakers, too. Fight your way through the crowd at the Clos Pepe table to witness Wes Hagen preaching his Pinot and you'll see what I mean. He turns a wine tasting into a revival with the flair of a carnival barker. His show is not to be missed. His wines are pretty darn good, too.
Winemakers from California, Oregon and France's Burgundy region will pour their Pinot Noir in the big Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. Click here to see all the participants for this year's event.
The tickets are only $60 for the Grand Tasting, which a deal for an event of this nature. Check the Pinot Days website for pricing on early admission and the other winemaker events.