SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2012) - More than 500 acclaimed pinots will be poured at the 8th Annual Pinot Days San Francisco, June 9-16, 2012. A renowned pinot noir wine event with annual tastings in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Pinot Days connects wine enthusiasts and winemakers creating a unique opportunity for new and seasoned wine lovers to taste and celebrate pinot's stylistic diversity and meet the artisan winemakers who produce it. This week-long San Francisco event includes a Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner at the new Dixie Restaurant, a "Boutique Producers" tasting, a Best of Sonoma's AVAs tasting, and a number of smaller events around the city. Pinot Days culminates with the Grand Festival at Fort Mason Center on June 16. The Pinot Days Grand Festival is a wine tasting event which gives wine lovers the opportunity to experience and enjoy the best pinot noir from California, Oregon, Burgundy and New Zealand, and interact directly with the more than 150 acclaimed winemakers who produce it. Tickets for all Pinot Days events can be purchased at www.pinotdays.com.
Founded by The Bay Area Wine Project with the ultimate goal of advancing the profile of pinot noir, Pinot Days is a three-day celebration of pinot noir and its most brilliant winemakers, the vineyards, the grapes, and the often-bewitching process of urging the noble pinot grape into great wine. At Pinot Days, the winemakers and winery owners do the pouring, creating a uniquely engaging experience where wine enthusiasts can interact, ask questions and learn the stories behind what goes into making great pinot noir. Featured wineries include August West, Gypsy Canyon, Scherrer, Clos Pepe, Clouds Rest, Testarossa, Gary Farrell, Cargasacchi, Willamette Valley Vineyards, JCB, Thomas George, Fort Ross and more than 150 others. Visit www.pinotdays.com to see a complete listing of exhibitors.
Pinot Days founder Steven Rigisich said, "Pinot noir is the most versatile red grape variety on the planet. Its range of styles makes it infinitely fascinating to drink and to pair! You can find a pinot to pair with any food, to please any palate, and to match any mood. It is this amazing diversity of style that compels so many to pursue pinot noir so passionately."
Pinot Days San Francisco includes thematic Focus Tastings and VIP "Depth and Diversity" tastings, more intimate events in which attendees sit among the famed winemakers while tasting flights of wines within the given theme. Featured wineries include August West, Gypsy Canyon, Scherrer, Clos Pepe, Clouds Rest, Testarossa, Gary Farrell, Cargasacchi, Willamette Valley Vineyards, JCB, Thomas George, Fort Ross and many, many others. Visit www.pinotdays.com to see a complete listing of exhibitors. This year's event also includes tastings at popular wine venues around town, including Press Club, Vine at Bridges, and Ottimista Enoteca. Visit www.pinotdays.com for event details.
In addition, Pinot Days, which is a non-profit in its own right, raises monies to support one IOCC charity each year. This year's Pinot Days Charity Auction Beneficiary is the IOCC's Emergency Relief Kit Project, wherein medical, infant, and basic health supplies are bundled and shipped where they are most needed (http://www.iocc.org/giftsofheart.aspx). 92% of the monies raised for the IOCC go directly to providing relief to people in the greatest need. Pinot Days has raised over $97K to date for various IOCC beneficiaries.
Pinot Days is an event that connects wine enthusiasts directly with winemakers creating a unique opportunity for new and seasoned wine lovers to experience, enjoy and deepen their knowledge of pinot noir. Produced by the Bay Area Wine Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of pinot noir, Pinot Days was created by Steven and Lisa Rigisich out of their love for the "the noble grape." The Bay Area Wine Project holds annual events in San Francisco, Chicago and Southern California. Pinotdays.com provides information about and access to wine-related events, wine education opportunities and wine trivia -- including articles about outstanding wine personalities, winery profiles, reviews of wine events, restaurant wine lists, formal tastings and more. For more information visit www.pinotdays.com.