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Pinot Days 2008

The 4th Annual Pinot Days Festival will be held June 26-29, 2008 at Fort Mason, San Francisco. This has become the most attended Pinot Noir event in the world. More than 170 top Pinot Noir producers will participate in the Sunday Grand Festival which is preceded by four days of tasting events in San Francisco. To get a feel for the buzz at Pinot Days, go to and listen to my winemaker interviews from last year’s Pinot Days.

Wednesday evening (June 25th), there will be a special Producer of the Year Focus Tasting featuring Kosta Browne. “Table Hop” Winemaker Dinners are on tap for Thursday evening at Isa Restaurant and Jack Falstaff’s Restaurant in San Francisco.

On Saturday there will be three Focus Tastings running sequentially in the afternoon and evening. The first will feature the Best of Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Rita Hills. I will be moderating the next two Focus Tastings: Best of Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley and Best of Russian River Valley and Santa Maria Valley. Wines will be tasted blind by attendees, and each will be revealed after the flight with producers sitting among attendees, fielding questions, answering questions and sharing colorful stories about how they make their Pinot Noirs. Serious wines, but serious fun. The producer lineup for my sessions include the following:

Best of Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley

Siduri Wines, Fulcrum Wines, Raye’s Hill Vineyard & Winery, Sojourn Cellars, Kellar Estate, Benovia Winery, Handley Cellars, Roessler Cellars, Bink Wines, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, Kastania Vineyards, Aubin Cellars, Couloir Wines, Bjornstad Cellars and Esterlina Winery

Best of Russian River Valley and Santa Maria Valley

Churchill Cellars, Russian Hill Estate Winery, Arista Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Flying Goat Cellars, Native9 Wine, Davis Family Vineyrds, Small Vines Wines, Addamo Estate Vineyards, Joseph Swan Vineyards, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lynmar Winery, Tantara Winery, Testarossa Vineyards, Dutton Estate Winery.

For further details and to purchase tickets, visit the website at Pinot Days has partnered with the PinotFile to offer my mailing list customers a 10% discount on all of the Festival’s activities. Enter the discount code, PINOTFILE, when ordering tickets from the Pinot Days website to receive an immediate 10% discount on all events.

Please e-mail me if you plan to attend (, and if I receive enough response, I will set up a “meet and greet” event for the Crew late Saturday morning.

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