16th Annual Pinot Fest: November 22, 2014

Pinotnoir16thwebgraphic.jpgOne of the longest running wine tasting events in San Francisco is also one of its best. While the city often plays host to really huge public tastings like ZAP, Family Winemakers, and PinotDays, some of the better tastings are more intimate and focused. Both words appropriately describe PinotFest, a low-key event held every year at Farallon Restaurant.

Despite practically non-existent marketing or announcement, PinotFest quietly pulls together 60 or so top producers of West Coast Pinot Noir every year for a dedicated crowd of Pinot lovers in San Francisco. This year will be the event’s 16th anniversary.

Attendees get nibbles from Farallon’s kitchen, and access for a few hours to many hard to find Pinot Noirs that often don’t appear at the larger public tastings.

This year’s wineries will include:

Alma Rosa, Archery Summit, Au Bon Climat, Bethel Heights, Bonaccorsi, Byron, Calera, Chehalem, Cobb, Costa de Oro, Domaine Drouhin, Drake, El Molino, Ernest, Etude, Failla, Fiddlehead, Flowers, Foxen, Freeman, Gloria Ferrer, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Hartford Family, Hendry, Hitching Post, Iron Horse, Joseph Phelps, Keller Estate, Kendric, Kosta Browne, Landmark, Littorai, Lynmar, Marimar Estate, Melville, Merry Edwards, Morgan, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Paul Lato, Peay, Pey-Marin, Radio Coteau, Reuling, Saintsbury, Siduri, Skewis, Soliste, Soter, Talisman, Talley, Tendril, Testarossa, Thomas Fogarty, Twomey, Wayfarer, Whitcraft, WillaKenzie, Williams Selyem.

While, at $125, this tasting may be expensive for some, it is only the price of approximately 1.8 bottles from most of these producers, and by far the least expensive way of getting a chance to taste a lot of them in one setting.

PinotFest 2014
Saturday, November 22
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Farallon Restaurant, 4th Floor
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Tickets are $125 per person and can be ordered online or by calling 415-956-6969. This event will almost certainly sell out.

I recommend arriving exactly at 3:00 PM, wearing dark clothes to minimize spills, eating a hearty lunch ahead of time, and swallowing only a few wines so you can taste a lot more.

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Origin: Vinography: A Wine Blog

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