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4th Annual Chicago Pinot Days 2010
Grand Festival - Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 60 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 300 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Come taste the highly acclaimed 2007 vintage, and talk with the gifted winemakers who created these beautiful wines. Attendees will have access to pinots previously unavailable in Illinois. Local specialty food purveyors will serve delectables that pair well with pinot. Click HERE for more details.
Winemakers Dinner at Uncommon Ground - Award winning Executive Chef Brian Millman will present food pairings for each Pinot producer. Enjoy phenomenal wine and food in an ideal environment for doing both! Uncommon Ground has recently been named Best New Restaurant in Chicago Magazine and Time Out Chicago. Their organic rooftop garden (from which they create incredible dishes) has attracted even the Mayor s notice, and earned them countless accolades, including their official title as "The First Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the Country. This pinot-paired appetizers and four-course dinner will be one for the archives, and this dinner is one not to miss. Click HERE for more details.
Pinot 101 with Brian Duncan: Prepare for Pinot Days - Before heading to Saturday’s Grand Festival where you can taste over 350 pinots, you’ll want to take this crash course in great pinot noir with Brian Duncan, Chicago’s most knowledgeable and celebrated pinot noir fan and the brilliant “Wine Guy” behind Bin 36. Under Brian’s tutelage and with 16 of the finest pinots on the market before you, you will discover why everyone raves about pinot noir (and about Brian himself, who is tall on charm, knowledge and wit!). You will explore pinot’s various regions and celebrated vineyards and see the difference that land makes. You will experience pinot’s considerable breadth of style, ranging from elegant and restrained to bold and deeply fruity. And you will meet the colorful and mind-bogglingly talented personalities behind each of these exceptional wines and hear great stories of their winemaking labors of love. Click HERE for more details.
Pinot Days is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of one of our very favorite things – domestic pinot noir.The majority of the producers Pinot Days features fall into the “boutique” category; they are not big corporations with their own marketing teams.Rather, the winemaker and/or the winery owner often make up the entire staff and thus, they are limited in their ability to bring their beautiful wines to you, the interested wine lover.That’s where Pinot Days comes in!
Pinot Days is a wine event that celebrates pinot noir in its many styles, ranging from modern to earthy to elegant. Unlike wine events that appeal to a narrow customer base featuring wines more alike than different, Pinot Days brings together pinot producers representing every California pinot style, appellation and price point, as well as a number of pinots from Oregon, Germany, New Zealand and Burgundy. Pinot Days also celebrates the passionate people who make pinot noir, which is no easy variety of grape with which to contend, but one that has the innate ability to surpass all other grape varieties.Pinot Days will enable you to explore new producers, find wines you love and can afford, and become a pinot devotee if you are not one already.
From the Grand Festival to the Winemakers Dinner to the more intimate tastings, each of the Pinot Days events will be educational, stimulating and fun. Our goal is to make each event accessible to everyone by keeping the costs reasonable and the attitude casual. Pinot Days will never become an elitist event affordable only to the rich, nor will it become an “insider” event accessible only to industry folks and pinot geeks like us. Rather, we invite insiders to come and enjoy, and we encourage those new to pinot noir – those of you who do not yet know the depth, breadth and sheer loveliness of our noblest grape – to come and taste for yourselves.And meet the winemakers, who are some of the most interesting, passionate, gifted and colorful people we know.We hope to see you there.
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