Posts Tagged ‘Pinot on The River’
Simple Hedonisms receives a fair amount of invites to attend live Twitter tastings – a format where you receive the wines, and then join other bloggers on Twitter, tasting, chatting and discussing.
I turn more of these down then accept these days, often either because of ‘day job’ travel conflicts or
often the wines are more mass market and just less interesting.
However I was super excited to receive an invitation to taste the great wines of Steven Kent (Mirassou) and his other label La Rochelle. La Rochelle specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.I discovered the La Rochelle Pinot Noir, some years ago at Pinot on The River and was a big fan.
Live, virtual tastings on Twitter can be quite fun to follow, and better yet, join in. Hand selected bloggers will be comparing notes, and engaging the winemaker in questions and dialog.
You can follow along on Twitter hashtag #StevenKentWines – simply search for it on your Twitter browser or application. (You can also go to search.twitter.com and enter #StevenKentWines .)
On Twitter, you may join in and ask questions, reply to the winemakers or bloggers etc. (Twitter account required.)
You can also purchase the wines and share your thoughts!
Wine shops like K&L Wines, JJ Buckley, and Beltramos carry them, amongst others.
- Winemaker Steven Kent Mirassou – @StevenMirassou
- Steven Kent Winery – @skwinery
- La Rochelle – @larochellewine
From 4-6 pm, Pacific time, the bloggers will taste through these wines with the winemaker:
- 2011 “Lola” (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend) $24
- 2010 La Rochelle Chardonnay, Dutton-Morelli Lane, Russian River Valley $65
- 2009 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $38
- 2009 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Donum Estate, Carneros $75
- 2009 Steven Kent Petite Verdot, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley $50
- 2009 Steven Kent Cabernet, Home Ranch Vineyard, Livermore Valley $65
Find one and join us!
For those that miss it, I will add notes to my Cellartracker tasting notes – now over 1,000 notes recorded!
See you on Twitter, and cheers.
This Sunday, October 21st is the annual Pinot on the River. This wonderful, Pinot Noir filled day, returns again to the Square on Downtown Healdsburg. The weather is forecasted for a balmy 72 degrees and sunny, promising to be a great day.
Sunday’s Pinot Noir Grand Tasting, with over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square, is a Sonoma County wine weekend, and Pinot Noir experience, you won’t want to miss.
For the Pinot-phile seeking the ultimate day of
Pinot Noir immersion, with a VIP Ticket. VIP Guests have the opportunity to attend the special Pre-Tasting Seminar exploring Pinot Noirs from Littorai, presented by Ted Lemon.
This seminar, beginning at 9 AM and moderated by Gregory S. Walter, editor and publisher of the PinotReport newsletter, is available to VIP ticket holders only.
Following the seminar, VIP ticket holders can enter the Grand Tasting ahead of the general public, and enjoy the VIP lounge.
Tickets for the VIP Experience are $150, regular attendee ticket is $75. Factor in the price of high quality Pinot Noir, the costs of tasting fees, the close proximity of 100 Pinot producers, and the food experience that accompanies, and $75 is a a value any wine lover will quickly realize.
If Pinot Noir is one of your favorite varietal wines, this is simply a can not skip event. VIP & Seminar spots are very limited, if you are interested, I’d suggest you buy them ASAP. Tickets: http://www.pinotfestival.com/registration.html
Simple Hedonisms will be onsite tasting & tweeting live at #POTR !
Pinot-Philes – Sunday October 23 Healdsburg Pinot on the River is a Must Not Miss Event. (New Venue!)
The “Full Immersion” Pinot Noir Event! 8th Annual Pinot On The River Festival Takes Over Healdsburg Plaza
This Sunday, more than 100 small-production artisanal Pinot Noir producers will join hundreds of serious Pinot Noir fanatics at the 2011 Pinot on the River Festival, held October 23, 2011 on the Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. The eighth edition of this popular annual event focuses upon highly allocated, limited-production Pinot Noirs from up and down the West Coast.
This is a true “full-immersion” in Pinot Noir, featuring a full day of tastings from some of the West Coast’s best Pinot producers as well offerings from local artisan cheese makers and other sumptuous food.
VIP Plaza Lounge Option
Pinot on the River is again partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma which is hosting a one of a kind VIP Plaza Lounge. VIP guests will join winemakers and other special guests in this Plaza Lounge for the only on-site seating, premium tasting seminars from 6 premier wineries, fine Sonoma County fare provided by Vintage Valley Catering without long lines, and, of course, plenty of Pinot Noir! There are a limited number of VIP tickets available to ensure maximum comfort, atmosphere, and value. To purchase these VIP tickets, visit www.bgccsc.org. From a special VIP seminar on Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains all the way through Sunday’s “Artisanal Pinot Noir Tasting,” it’s an event created for people who love Pinot Noir.
“We’ve brought in more than 100 of the absolute best Pinot producers on the West Coast,” said co-founder/organizer Eric Hall. “These are incredible wines, that in many cases you simply can’t find in the marketplace. We are in a “golden age” of American Pinot Noir—it will be an extraordinary weekend for Pinot lovers.”
Pinot On The River 2011 begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, with a special seminar exploring Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains. This seminar, moderated by Gregory S. Walter, editor and publisher of the PinotReport newsletter, will feature 10 producers from this often undiscovered region and is available to VIP ticket holders only.
Following the seminar, VIP ticket holders can enter the Grand Tasting ahead of the general public, and enjoy the VIP longue presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, our partners in the event. Noon marks the beginning of the “Grand Artisanal Pinot Noir Tasting” at the north end of the Healdsburg Plaza. The event is open to public and individual tickets are available.
Event Sponsors, who support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, include M.A. Silva Corks, Collotype Labels, Enartis-Vinquiry, Trilogy Glass, Encore Event Rentals, Dickenson Peatman, & Fogarty Attorneys at Law, Alexander Valley Cellars, C & E Capsules, North Bay Corporation, Bank of Marin, Andras & Gomez Attorneys at Law, Pack-N-Ship Direct, Sonoma County Vintner’s Co-op, and Vintage Valley Catering.
Tickets are on sale now for the event. For more information visitwww.pinotfestival.com. Follow them on Facebook.
This weekend marks the 7th Annual Pinot on The River Festival. My 2nd year in attendance, I found this event to be one of the best organized, enjoyable, and if you are a Pinot lover, an incredible experience and opportunity to immerse yourself in the opportunity to taste and explore dozens of small production, often allocated, Pinot Noirs.
While I have been focusing on more on Rhone varietals these days; Pinot Noir will always be a mainstay love in my life. About ten years ago she rescued me from the doldrums of drinking predominantly Bordeaux varietals, lightened by the occasional Sauvignon Blanc and (thankfully) Viognier.
I was living in Marin and the City, working in Petaluma, and making frequent jaunts to the Russian River Valley. Pinot Noir was the change I was seeking for a palate tired of being oppressed by oak and tannins. Her lush, silky embrace wooed me. I had grown up from dating girls, to a slightly more mature, heady, woman.
While many focus on the Sunday Grand Artisanal Tasting, held Sunday afternoon at Rodney Strong, there are events all weekend.
Saturday, October 23 features seminars focused on the 2009 Vintage of Pinot Noir and A Vintage Retrospective looking at older vintages, moderated by Gregory S. Walter, editor of Pinot Report.pini
The festival kicks into high gear Saturday night with the “A Taste Of Pinot” dinner event. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, featuring the first annual “A Taste Of Pinot” dinner at the Hotel Healdsburg in Healdsburg. The event will feature Pinot-inspired tastings of unique small bites prepared by Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen paired with limited production Pinot Noir from a group of producers.
On Sunday, October 24, more than 100 wineries will gather to pour their best Pinots for the walkaround “Grand Artisanal Pinot Noir Tasting at the Rodney Strong Vineyards.” Cheese purveyors.
Some Advice for the Grand Tasting – Spit it Out
If you are in or close to the wine industry, by now you have learned how to properly enjoy an event like this. If you are a typical consumer, this suggestion is often received as distasteful. At this years IPNC I listened to an older consumer ask a winemaker “Why are some people spitting anyway, I dump out, isn’t that the same?” Sadly, the winemaker missed out on an opportunity to help educate, and offered no contrary opinion.
Do the math; a hundred producers, many pouring multiple releases. If you tried 50 of them, quite feasible over 3-4 hours (I will taste ~50-100) and swallowed a ½ ounce of the 1-2 ounces poured, you will have consumed a bottle of wine. (or easily more.) Even if you have a Designated Driver, and say a high tolerance, why should you care, you ask?
I guess it depends on what your goal of the event is. This is a unique opportunity to compare side by side, dozens of styles of one of the most subtle, terroir expressive varietals you can taste. Only a few ounces of alcohol begin to alter your sensory evaluation abilities, though you may not realize it at first. Give your palate the opportunity to explore, compare, and contrast the vintages without the mask of alcohol impairment.
This is an event where you will see industry, writers, and the most serious of consumers walking around, red cup in hand. If you consider yourself a pinot-phile and becoming a more serious evaluator of wine; try it, even for an hour. It transformed the way I learned to appreciate wine.
Simple Hedonisms will be roaming around the event seeking out our favorite releases, and sharing experiences and tasting notes live over Facebook and Twitter (Hashtag #POTR2010). If you follow my writing and shared palate experiences; its no surprise what I will be seeking and most likely to praise; modestly made, less extracted, no syrah added, graceful, delicate, light, feminine Pinot Noir.
Hope you will follow and enjoy.
If you see me roaming around, stainless spit cup and iPad in hand, say hi!
P.S. On that note, I have typically share my tasting notes live on Twitter, as well on Facebook, via my personal page…recently I have been posting instead on the S H Fan page – any preference of either? (Even though the Fan page has more followers, the personal page oddly still gets more response.