From time to time we feature important wine events. If you have such an event and would like to see it listed here, please contact Erica Meadows at MrsBurghound@burghound.com. Here is a list of major Pinot events and festivals. If you plan to attend, purchase your tickets early as many of these events sell out quickly. Check the websites listed below for further information and sign up for the mailing list to receive advanced notification of ticket and registration availability.
Central Otago Pinot Noir Festival
Held in Queenstown, New Zealand three out of every four years, alternating with the Pinot Noir festival held in Wellington. Begun in 1999, 200 people attend this festival. Held in late January. For information: www.pinotcelebration.co.nz.
Russian River Valley Winter Wineland
Two days of wine tasting, tours, education, and winemaker talks. Over 100 wineries participate. For information: www.wineroad.com.
Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Festival
Hosted by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) both Old and New World pinot noirs from around the world are celebrated at this biennial event. Two days on the lovely Mornington Peninsula, with Cellar Dinners and a Grand Banquet Finalé offers the chance to explore pinot noir and its sense of place; only 90 minutes south of Melbourne Australia. For information visit www.mpva.com.
Annual PinotFest, Pasadena, California
Held annually in February, participants have the opportunity to taste over 200 pinots from 100 leading wineries in California and Oregon. Guests will also be treated to exquisite cuisine from top area restaurants. For more info call 626.795.7199 or visit www.PasadenaPinotFest.com. (Note a portion of the proceeds benefits a local non-profit organization!)
Annual Pinot Noir Summit, San Francisco, California
Held in late February and sells out every year – only 350 tickets! Choose either the evening program or the entire day to be fully immersed in pinot noir including a blind tasting of 40 top pinots in educational workshops. The evening includes a grand tasting with over 100 wines and an array of food with the chance to meet the winemakers. For more information, visit www.pinotnoirsummit.com.
2014 was the inaugural year for this international food and wine festival in Carmel-by-Sea, celebrating Relais & Châteaux’ 60 years of history with a series of fine dining events throughout the world beginning with the first annual GourmetFest. The festival features food from Relais & Châteaux’ chefs from around the world. Events include an opening night welcome party, wild mushroom hunt, a cooking demo, and several truly special wine tastings and a closing seafood grill. The wines of Domaine Drouhin, Domaine de la Romanée Conti and champagnes from Krug will be featured at various events. For information: www.gourmetfestcarmel.com.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Australia’s annual internationally acclaimed celebration of food and wine with a world-class program of more than 250 events over two weeks. A 20 day feast to highly Melbourne’s infamous love of food and wine that captures the attention of food-lovers in the hundreds of thousands. For information: http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au
La Paulée de New York/San Francisco
The Burgundy celebration La Paulée de New York/San Francisco created and organized by Daniel Johannes, held in late February/early March of each year, pays homage to La Paulée de Meursault, a convivial Burgundian fête shared by growers and their guests. At La Paulée (which alternates each year between New York and San Francisco), guests will sample current releases and older vintages from about two dozen of the most sought after Domaines of Burgundy. The wine service is always led by fifty of our nation’s most noted sommeliers. A wide selection of top chefs also particiate to createunforgettable menus. For more information and to order tickets, visit lapaulee.com
Russian River Valley Barrel Tasting
Two weekends. Over 100 participating wineries. Taste from barrel and order futures. Very popular and very crowded event. The first weekend of the Barrel Tasting is also the Crab & Fennel Fest in the Russian River Valley. For information: www.wineroad.com and http://rrvw.org/crab-fennel-fest.
Pasadena Grand Pinot Fest
Started in 2007, this event draws a wide array of pinot producers in a relaxed setting with live music and tasty “small bites”. The event supports PCDA which improves the lives of children and young adults who have autism or other developmental challenges, through leadership in family-centered, multidisciplinary services and professional training. Tickets can be purchased at www.pasadenagrandpinotfest.com.
World of Pinot Noir
This annual 3-day Pinot Noir Festival is held in California’s Central coast the first weekend of March in Santa Barbara. Seminars, tastings from countless Pinot Noir producers at the Tasting by the Sea. For more information visit www.wopn.com.
This festival features the Pinot Noirs of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is held at The Mountain Winery (formerly the Paul Masson Winery) in Saratoga, California. Over 30 wineries pour their Pinot Noirs along with an auction and seminars. Over 900 people attended this year’s festival. Held in late March. For information: www.scmwa.com.
Sponsored by the Carneros Wine Alliance. Live and silent auction of unique wines from Carneros including large lots and magnums. Many premium and ultra-premium boutique and cult wines and wines from family-owned wineries. Proceeds benefit the education, scholarship and training progrms of early stage wine and food professionals. For information: www.pinotplus.com.
Dundee Hills Appellation Passport Tour
Winery open houses and vineyard seminars. For information: www.dundeehills.org.
Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Festival
Held at River Park in Lompoc. Over 100 local wineries, food from top local restaurants and caterers, live music. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association. For information: www.sbcountywines.com.
Corks & Forks
This annual 4-day weekend of food and wine is held in Sarasota, Florida and includes intimate vintner dinners, a sunset party on the bay, interactive food and wine seminars and The Grand Tasting in the courtyard of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art with culinary creations from Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants, live entertainment and a charity wine auction. www.freshoriginals.com/forksandcorks.
Hospices of Sonoma Barrel Auction
This event is modeled after the Hospices de Beaune auction in Burgundy. Held in early May. For tickets and further information: 707-823-9463, www.hospicesofsonoma.org.
Sonoma Valley Reserve
Set for mid-May, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance will lead a series of themed daytrips around the region that will showcase rare offerings and hidden gems of Sonoma Valley wine destinations, many of which are seldom open to the public. Tickets for Sonoma Valley Reserve are extremely limited and are on sale now for $85 for one day or $135 for two days. Sonoma Valley Reserve ticketholders can depart from Sonoma or San Francisco. For tickets and information: www.SonomaValleyWine.com, 707-935-0803.
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
This festival is held annually in Philo, California, in the heart of the Anderson Valley. Dating back to 1998, it is focused solely on Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley and attracts approximately 450 people. Lodging is limited in the Anderson Valley so many attendees stay on the Mendocino Coast and use a shuttle to the Festival. Held in mid-May. For information: www.avwines.com.
Carneros Heritage Fest
Last weekend in May. Chef competition, sheepherding and falconry demonstrations, artisan exhibits, lamb BBQ with Carneros wines. For information: www.carneros.com.
Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country
Visit wineries in the Willamette Valley Friday thru Sunday that are rarely open to the public. For information: www.willamettewines.com.
Paso Robles Wine Festival
Always 3rd weekend in May.For information: www.pasowine.com.
Santa Lucia Highlands Winegrower’s Galat
Tasting of Santa Lucia Highlands wines with gourmet food pairings. For information: www.santaluciahighlands.com.
The Monterey Wine Festival
Now in its 35th year, The Monterey Wine Festival, in early June, continues to evolve into a platform for the regional wine industry and the community of wine lovers. After 35 years the festival will take a historical turn and bring guests along for the sips and scenery. This is a weekend of wine, food, music, and more. Tickets online at www.montereywine.com or contact Marianna Riggins, Social Media Director, at email@example.com for more information.
Marin County Pinot Noir Celebration
Marin County growers and wineries present their Pinot Noirs at the historic Escalle Winery in Larkspur, Marin County, California. Held in June. For information and tickets: www.marinwines.com. Information also at www.malt.org.
Four Pinots at Four Seasons Resort Maui
In the second week of June join featured winemakers from Costa de Oro, Brewer-Clifton, Patz & Hall and Anthill Farm Wineries for a 3-day event with seminars, tastings and exceptional dinners at the resort’s noted restaurants. A charity golf tournament will also take place. For more information view maui.fourseasons.com/edition/edition/unforgettable-events/ or contact the resort concierge at 808.874.2201.
Pinot and Paella
This Annual Pinot and Paella Cookoff is held at the Templeton Community Park in Templeton, California. Twenty Paso Robles area Pinot Noir producers pour and 20 chefs cook. Proceeds go to the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. Tickets: 805- 239-2565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. www.pinotandpaella.com.
Sta. Rita Hills Open House Weekend
Vineyard and winery tours, winegrower dinners, golf. For information: www.staritahills.com.
A very large event featuring Pinot Noir producers from California. Over 1500 people attended last year’s inaugural celebration held at Ft. Mason, San Francisco, California. Held in late June. For information: www.pinotdays.com
Vintner’s Festival in Santa Cruz Mountains
Wineries and restaurants offer wine tasting, food, music, art shows, and other entertainment. Purchase glass at any festival location and the glass serves your ticket to all of the festival sites. For information: www.scmwa.com
International Pinot Noir Celebration
A tradition for more than two decades. Held on the beautiful campus of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, the event is limited to 600 people. The lunches and dinners are extraordinary including the traditional Northwest-style salmon bake. Besides numerous seminars, there are two large walk-around tastings of Pinot Noirs from all over the world. There are plenty of B&B type accommodations and small hotels in the area, but many attendees choose to stay on campus in the inexpensive students living quarters for convenience (walking distance to all events). This is the one pinot celebration Erica and Allen try to never miss! Held in late July. For information: www.ipnc.org.
A special event that precedes the IPNC and is open to the public. Nearly all of the funds raised from the evening go towards iSalud, a healthcare program benefiting vineyard workers. Featured is a pre-dinner extensive wine tasting, upscale cuisine by a top chef and more. For information: www.saludauction.org/event-news.
Central Coast Wine Classic
Dinner at Hearst Castle, Paulee Dinner, educational and tasting symposia, bicycle tour, wine and lifestyle auction. For information: www.centralcoastwineclassic.org.
Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic
Since 2002 this event has been held in early August in Lenox, MA. A long list of food and wine tastings, seminars and events are held throughout the weekend. http://tmc.bso.org/wine/wine/home.htm.
Russian River Valley Grape to Glass
Third weekend in August. Winery and vineyard tours, educational tastings, bike riding, kayaking the Russian River, ballooning over the vines. For information: www.rrvw.org.
Wally’s Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration
A one day tasting of wines from distinguished Central Coast wineries paired with foods from some of Los Angeles” best restaurants. A benefit for the Michael Bonaccorsi UC Davis Scholarship Foundation. For information: www.wallywine.com.
Monterey Wine Country’s annual event featuring over 45 wineries. Wine seminars, wine tastings, foods, and auction. For information: www.montereywines.org.
Mendocino County’s celebration of food, wine, art, travel, and giving. Tastings, wine and lifestyle auction held on the Mendocino Coast. For information: www.winesong.org.
Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) Pinot in the City (Los Angeles)
WVWA is bringing 66 of its finest producers to the City of Angels for the first time at Pinot in the City. On September 11th, Oregon wine country takes over The Ebell of Los Angeles, showcasing the region’s award-winning wine with winemakers and owners on hand to tell their stories. The tasting offers both trade and consumer portions, at which Willamette Valley wineries will pour Pinot Noir and other standout cool-climate varieties. Attendees of both the trade and consumer tastings can purchase tickets for a raffle benefitting the non-profit Environmental Media Association. “The winner of the raffle will enjoy an unforgettable Willamette Valley wine country getaway including food, wine, and a stay at The Allison Inn & Spa. Raffle ticket proceeds for this ‘Willamette Wine Country Beyond Compare’ package benefit EMA. The package is estimated to be worth $8,000”. Tickets available at http://willamettewines.com/event/pinot-in-the-city/ To purchase raffle tickets visit the EMA website: http://www.ema-online.org/raffle-2013/ or call their offices at 323.556.2790.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
First weekend in October. Sample the best Sonoma County wines and food at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 707-545-4203. For information: 707-545-4203 or http://www.sonomacountyfair.com/hf_home.php.
Pinot on the River
A three-day symposium begun in 2004 featuring technical seminars and tastings of California Pinot Noirs Last year 85 people attended the festival held in Sebastopol, California. Held in late October. For information: www.pinotfestival.com.
Tour Paso Robles. Held the third weekend in October. For information: www.pasowine.com.
Hospices de Beaune (Les Trois Giorieuses Burgundy Wine Festival)
Begun as a charity wine auction in 1859, it is now a three day festival celebrating Burgundy’s food and wines. Thousands attend the winery dinners and tasting. Held in mid-November. For information: www.hospices-de-beaune.com/fr/hospices/index.php.
A Wine & Food Affair
First weekend in November. Wine and food pairing at over 70 Russian River Valley wineries. For information: www.wineroad.com.
This is a classy tasting and dinner featuring top California Pinot Noir producers. Started in 1999, it is held at the Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco, California. Limited to 300 people, the event sells out every year. Held in mid-November. For information: www.farallonrestaurant.com.
Oregon’s Pinot Noir Auction. A weekend of wine, food, and fun to support efforts to bring healthcare to seasonal vineyard workers and their families. For information: www.saludauction.org.
The Great Wine Escape Weekend
Seminars, winemaker dinners, progressive dinner, wine country tours and open houses in Monterey County wine region. For information: www.montereywines.com.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
A three day open house in the Willamette Valley of Oregon of wineries usually not open to the public (also Memorial Day weekend – see May). For information: www.willamettewines.com.
Napa Valley Mustard Festival
Many seasonal wine country events. For information: www.mustardfestival.org.
Passport Program – Santa Cruz Mountains
Purchase a passport to Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, many of which are not open to the public at any other time. The 3rd Saturday in January, April, July, and November. For information: www.scmwa.com