Featuring nearly 200 wineries showcasing Pinot Noirs from around the world, the event includes two days of dinners, in-depth wine seminars, luncheons and two grand tastings.

The World Of Pinot Noir Board of Directors and Advisory Committee have secured several noteworthy events featuring well-known brands Kosta Browne, Maison Louis Latour, Hitching Post, Hirsch Vineyards, Merry Edwards and more.

Hitching Post Pinot Noir
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Returning favorites are the Burgundy seminar and lunch hosted by author and expert Don Kinnan and a special Pinot and Pâté tasting moderated by Santa Barbara–based wine journalist Matt Kettmann. Guest chefs – Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, Brian Collins of Ember in Arroyo Grande and Frank Ostini of the iconic Hitching Post II in Buellton – join Bacara’s Executive Chef Vincent Lesage to create the culinary inspiration of the 2017 schedule.


Grand Tasting
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Key event highlights include:

  • Hitching Post Retrospective Dinner with Frank Ostini. This dinner features a vertical of Hitching Post Pinots, made by Ostini and Gray Hartley, with traditional wood fire barbeque meats prepared by Frank and his team. This is not your typical backyard gathering. A vertical collection of Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noirs from 1991 to 2001 will be presented mostly in large formats.
  • Taste Premier and Grand Cru wines from Maison Louis Latour. Choose from a seminar and luncheon and/or dinner moderated by noted wine writer Michael Apstein.
  • Sonoma’s Hirsch Vineyards Vertical and Horizontal Tasting seminar features Jasmine Hirsch, along with wine personality Christopher Sawyer who will take guests through an in-depth tasting. This seminar features a vertical of vintages 2011 – 2014 and a ‘horizontal’ tasting of different single vineyard Pinots from the same vintage.
  • The Merry Edwards Rock Star Dinner will honor one of Pinot Noir’s most talented and celebrated winemakers, Merry Edwards. Dinner will be paired with Merry’s wines alongside the wines of her notable winemaking counterparts including Brewer-Clifton, Fiddlehead and Hartford Court.
Friday Night International Dinner
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For the full events lineup and how to purchase tickets click here.

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