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January 14, 2010

JAN 14-17: Pinot Days Southern California Offers Unique Food & Wine Event To Engage the Senses

Posted by Don Rose - Featured Event of the Week

The First Annual Pinot Days Southern California engages all the senses with its offering of gourmet food and 400 incredible pinot noirs. More than 75 pinot producers will pour their wines at Pinot Days, including the newly-released 2007 vintage, which critics are calling pinot’s best vintage in decades, and maybe ever. The three-day Los Angeles food and wine event includes two intimate winemaker dinners and the Grand Festival, a wine tasting event which gives wine lovers the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of the world’s best pinot noir and interact directly with the gifted and passionate winemakers who produce them.

Pinot Days Southern California begins January 14 and culminates on January 17 with the Grand Festival at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. Event tickets can be purchased at www.pinotdays.com.

Pinot Days producer Lisa Rigisich said, “Los Angeles is a real food town and the innovative culinary scene in this city is the perfect complement to the depth, complexity and versatility of pinot noir. Like chefs, pinot producers are modern day artists with an intense passion for their craft. This dynamic lends itself well to Pinot Days because it allows food and wine lovers to learn about pinot by connecting to it with both their palate and through its producer.”

The stellar Pinot Days Southern California event line-up includes:

January 14 Pinot Days Winemakers “Table Hop” Dinner at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

6:00pm-11:00pm, Beverly Hills, CA. $120

Executive Chef James Overbaugh, whose creative culinary style is hailed for its emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients and flavors from around the world, will present appetizers and a four course pinot-paired dinner with fourteen different pinots. The winemakers will move seats with every course so they can share their stories with attendees.

January 16 Pinot Days Winemakers “Table Hop” Dinner at Sage on the Coast

6:00pm-11:00pm, Newport Beach, CA. $100

Featuring renowned chef Rich Mead, this event offers an exquisite four course, pinot-paired dinner with fourteen different pinots. The winemakers will move seats with every course so they can share their stories with attendees.

January 17 Pinot Days Grand Festival

1:00pm - 5:00pm, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA. $50

Sunday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 400 pinot noirs and the 75 winemakers who produce them. A culinary extravaganza, the Pinot Days Grand Festival features dozens of gourmet samplings from local food purveyors. Guests will enjoy offerings from the California Cheese and Butter Association, Corn Maiden Foods, Gourmet Grill Masters, Lourdes Gourmet Foods, Fishlips Sushi and more.

Event details and ticket information can be found at www.pinotdays.com.

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.


Contact: Pinot Days/Bay Area Wine Project

Margaret Ryan