Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Featuring James Hall On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

In the heart of harvest, James Hall shares the in-depth origin story of Patz & Hall Wines with THE VARIETAL SHOW! We get a little name dropping, Pinot and Chardonnay discussion, and to taste some mighty fine wines: 2021 Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley; 2019 Pinot Noir, Jenkins Ranch; 2021 Pinot Noir, Little Boot Vineyard.

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Passion For Pinot On Thurs June 29 @Gravenstein Grill!

It’s here – the Passion for Pinot segment of the Summer Wine Series! Join Gravenstein Grill for 25 of the top Pinot Noir producers who work with world-class fruit grown in the celebrated cool-climate regions of Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast and beyond.

Featured wineries include: Benovia Winery, Cobb Wines, Marimar Estate, Joseph Swan, Radio Coteau, Sherrer Winery, Papapietro Perry, Hartford Family Winery, La Follette Wines, Davis Bynum, & More!

Appetizers will be provided by Chefs Bob Simontacchi & Makana Colunga & live Jazz Guitar by Jay Messer on the scene!

This event sells out and is not to be missed, so buy a ticket today! Tickets are $55 preorder, $65 at the door, and include tastings with all participating wineries.

Rex Pickett Goes Sideways On THE VARIETAL SHOW

At the Anderson Valley Pinot Festival, THE VARIETAL SHOW was lucky to run into Rex Pickett, world renowned author of Sideways. If you recall the film based on his novel, it makes sense to find him celebrating Pinot Noir. Together we discuss the AVA, the film, his books and his latest novel based in New Zealand. Of course, all the while, tasting spectacular PN from Anderson Valley, including Waits-Mast Family Cellars, Lula Cellars & Goldeneye Winery! #GoMendo #GoSideways

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THE VARIETAL SHOW Tastes Talisman Pinot Noir!

What is a variety show? Join Scott Rich of Talisman Wine, and Chris Sawyer of THE VARIETAL SHOW for a little introduction and pontification about the splendors of Pinot Noir; tasting, plantings, sites, textures & clones! Find out why Talisman likes small clonal selections, and being patient with the vines when you taste this perfect panel of Pinot:

  • 2018 PN Gunsalas Vineyard, Russian River Valley (Green Valley)
  • 2018 PN Red Dog Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain
  • 2016 PN Adastra Vineyard, Los Carneros, Napa Valley
  • 2004 PN Ted’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley

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In The Cellar At Joel Palmer House Restaurant On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Levi Seed is the Sommelier extraordinaire at the amazing Joel Palmer House Restaurant! THE VARIETAL SHOW huddles with him in the wine cellar to discuss the history of this mushroom centric eatery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, as well as the ‘Omakase’ Experience, and the largest selection of Pinot Noir in the country: We celebrate with some Ribbon RidgeRR‘ Reisling & Authentique Pinot Noir!

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Chillin’ With Chehalem Winery On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Continuing my visits in the Willamette Valley, next stop Chehalem Winery for THE VARIETAL SHOW. There I met with winemaker Katie Santora where we discuss some interesting sub-AVA’s, and dip into the beauty of Pinot Blanc, Reisling fruit and Reserve Pinot Noir!

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Stoller Family Estate Makes Perfect PINOT NOIR On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Stopping by Stoller Family Estate in the amazing Dundee Hills of Oregon, THE VARIETAL SHOW was able to chat with winemaker Kate Payne Brown. Tilt your screen forward to brighten the your the view, where they just finished their picking at this Willamette Valley vineyard! We discuss and taste the diversity of their Pinot Noir, as well as what to pair with each; Estate 2020 White Pinot Noir, Winemaker’s Series 2021 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir & Estate Brut Sparkling Wine.

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Pinot Paradise On Thursday August 18th At Gravenstein Grill!

Join Gravenstein Grill & Sawyer Somm on the patio to enjoy wine tastings with 15+ top Pinot Noir producers! Talk to winemakers & growers while enjoying paired hors d’oeuvres from Chefs Bob Simontacchi & Makana Colunga.

Guest wineries include: Marimar Estate, Scherrer Winery, Anaba Wines, Davis Bynum, Calstar Cellars, Dutton-Goldfield, Keller Estate, Bacigalupi, Ancien, Radio-Coteau, Benovia Winery, Kobler Estate, Bucher Wines, Papapietro-Perry, Lombardi Wines, Porter Creek Vineyards, Freeman Winery, Kanzler Vineyards, Balletto Vineyards, Purple Pacyderm & More!

TICKETS are $50 preorder and $60 at the door, and includes tastings with ALL of the guest wineries as well as light seasonal appetizers.

Screenshot 2022-07-29 at 20-19-41 Pinot Noir – Scherrer Winery

Attack Of The Clones! June 10 in SF or Zoom

San Francisco Wine School is thrilled to welcome star sommelier and wine educator, Chris Sawyer and Pinot Noir expert, Ben Papapietro, Owner/Winemaker of Papapietro Perry Winery, and Steve Rogstad, Winemaker of Cuvaison Estate Wines, for a rare opportunity to delve deep into the legacy of the noble red grape Pinot Noir and taste its diverse clonal variations.

Select either In Person or Virtual (Roomer or Zoomer!) at checkout: Reserve your TICKETS for June 10, 6-8pm!

Whet your palate! On the surface, Pinot Noir is commonly marked with a thin skin, light hue, fruity flavors, soft tannins, and delicate demeanor. But when you follow its rich legacy back 2,000 years, you will see it is more than a classic grape variety listed in the vitus vinifera family, but a super genius with the unique special powers to mutate and express itself in different forms.

In the white grape category, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are mutations of Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay is its genetic offspring. It is also the father of the red grape variety Pinot Meunier, commonly grown in the Champagne region. But as a stand-alone grape, Pinot Noir has the rare ability to mutate and multiply in the form of “clones,” which have spread to the United States and propagated amazing variations for winegrowers and winemakers to work with in the cool-climate regions on the West Coast of California!

Papapietro Perry Winery-Winemaker- Ben Papapietro

The Varietal Show – DOUBLE FEATURE With Richard Sanford!

Celebrating the 50th Vintage at Alma Rosa Winery, with California Pinot Noir icon Richard Sanford. In Part One, The Varietal Show stops in for a chat about this historic location in Santa Barbara County, learning more about Richard’s earlier wine ventures and how he discovered this prime location.

Then in part two, we get a little SIDEWAYS, if you recall that notorious wine film that literally took place here; A taste of Richard’s 2016 Alma Rosa El Jabali, Pinot Noir from Sta Rita Hills, and in depth about the hillside setting, farming benefits of his soil, and how this special ranch is the soul of this vineyards.

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