Sunday, March 9, 2014
10:30 to 12:00pm ~ VIP Sparkling Wine Brunch
Sip spectacular sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir, paired with a delectable brunch buffet.
12:00pm to 1:15pm ~ VIP Workshops:
Choose from the following two options (Part of the All-Day VIP ticket package):
~ Carneros vs. Russian River Valley: Is there a difference? ~
Moderated by Steve Heimoff, West Coast Editor for The Wine Enthusiast Magazine
There will be two winemakers from Carneros and three from the Russian River Valley. The attendees will taste the wines blind to see if they can detect regional differences and see if there are consistent markers for the two appellations. Expert panelists will include: Mike Richmond, Bouchaine Vineyards; Csaba Szakal, En Garde Winery; Ken Foster, Mahoney Vineyards; Ted Elliott, TR Elliott; Margaret Davenport, Windsor Oaks Vineyards & Winery.
~ West Sonoma Coast ~
Moderated by Alder Yarrow, “America’s favorite cyberstar”
Taste and discuss Pinot Noirs from the amazing wild West Sonoma Coast appellation with Alder and our panel of experts: Stephen Singer, Baker Lane Vineyards; Ross Cobb, Cobb Wines; John Drady, Sonoma Coast Vineyards; Ryan Zepaltas, Zepaltas Winery.
1:15 to 3:45pm
~ Pinot Noir Showdown ~ A Blind Tasting
A distinctly different format and atmosphere from other wine-tasting events, attendees blind taste and judge 40 of the top wines. Male and female votes are tallied separately and announced at the Grand Awards Ceremony.
4:00 to 5:15pm
~ VIP Backstage Pass
Get up close and personal with winemakers, bloggers and other professional wine lovers in one of three private lounges. Sip some exquisite Pinot Noirs and nibble on paté and other Pinot-friendly treats.
4:00pm to 5:15pm
~ Wine Lover’s Workshops
Learn from the best in one of the following afternoon workshops:
~ Women & Wine ~
Moderated by Sue Straight, freelance writer and wine judge
Taste and discuss Pinot Noir from the female perspective with our expert panel of women in the wine business: Kimberly Smith, LaMontagne Winery; Rosina Wilson, Wine/Food Writer; Moira Conzelman, Harmonique Wine; Nicole Abiouness, Abiouness Wine.
~ The Wines of Anderson Valley ~
Moderated by Christopher Sawyer, renowned sommelier, wine journalist, wine judge, consultant and public speaker
Taste and discuss Pinot Noirs from the amazing Anderson Valley appellation with Christopher and our panel of experts: Jeff Hansen, Lula Cellars; Ed Thralls, Thralls Family Cellars; Christy Ackerman, Lazy Creek Vineyards; Bob Klindt, Harmonique Winery.
5:30 to 8:00PM ~
Grand Awards Tasting & Ceremony
THE BIG EVENT! Top Pinot Noir winemakers will showcase their wines with a Pinot-friendly selection of light hors d’oeuvres. The winning wines will be unveiled and final results will be announced at 7:30PM. You may purchase your favorite wines on site!