Call your friends and rearrange your plans because Pinot in the City from the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) is coming to San Francisco on August 26 and you really don’t want to miss it. The WVWA is celebrating 50 years since Pinot Noir was first planted in their beloved Valley so come join 65 top Oregon wineries for a fun evening where you can taste wines, meet the winemakers, rediscover old favorites and/or fall in love with something new. The last time this event came to San Francisco was in 2012 and we’ve really missed it.
Pinot in the City takes place between 6 pm and 9 pm at the Golden Gate Club (133 Fisher Loop, San Francisco) and provides you (and your entourage) a chance to taste wines from Archery Summit, Bergström Wines, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Serene, Sokol Blosser, Stoller Family Estate and other celebrated wineries all under one roof. Tickets are just $75 per person and can be purchased by going here before August 26. Appetizers and Pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvres will accompany the tasting.
You’ll even have a chance to compare and contrast sub-AVAs of the Willamette Valley as participating wineries include Brittan Vineyards (McMinnville AVA), Chehalem (Chehalem Mountains AVA), iOTA Cellars (Eola-Amity Hills AVA), Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards (Dundee Hills AVA), Penner-Ash Wine Cellars (Ribbon Ridge AVA) and Soter Vineyards (Yamhill-Carlton District AVA).
If for some reason you’re still not convinced, please know that Pinot in the City will also have these wineries pouring: Adelsheim Vineyard, Alexana Winery, Colene Clemens Vineyards, Erath Winery, Owen Roe, Panther Creek Cellars, Ponzi Vineyards, REX HILL, Scott Paul Wines, Shea Wine Cellars, The Four Graces and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery. For complete details on the event and to see the entire list of participating wineries please go here.
The Willamette Valley in Oregon is home to more than 300 wineries, the majority of which are family-owned establishments dedicated to a hands-on, artisanal winemaking style. One of the premier Pinot Noir-producing areas in the world, it is also a fertile growing region for other cool-climate varietals such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer, so you’re likely to enjoy outstanding white wines at Pinot in the City as well. Wineries in the Willamette Valley are also dedicated to sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices: about 47% (and counting) of the Valley’s vineyards are certified sustainable.
The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) is a non-profit association dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley as a premier Pinot Noir producing region, and when you’re ready to plan your own excursion to the area you’ll appreciate their bi-annual winery guide and touring map. Timing-wise, you may want to know that the WVWA-sponsored Wine Country Thanksgiving (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and Memorial Weekend in Wine Country (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) are the two oldest and largest wine touring events in Oregon (and each typically includes some wineries that aren’t normally open to the public).
If you’re a member of the wine trade actively involved in the sale and distribution of wine (retail, restaurant, wholesale) and want to learn more about Willamette Valley wines, Pinot in the City is doing a Trade tasting earlier in the day on August 26 between 12 and 4 pm – go here for more information.