Pinot on the River 2011 will be October 23 at noon. This year this pinot noir tasting event is being held in Healdsburg’s plaza instead of at a hosting winery. About 80 wineries mainly from northern and central coast California will be pouring and serving artisanal cheese. Tickets are $75.[quote_left] Tweet hashtags #pinotriver, #healdsburg. Look for our #4corks (best), #3corks (nice), #2corks (eh!) and #1cork (yuck) scoring.[/quote_left]We will be tweeting from @CaWineFan, so log in starting around 11am Sunday for our on-the-spot evaluations, thoughts, reactions, or whatever we feel like adding. The subject hashtag created by the event organizer for this event is #pinotriver. Other subject hastags to look for and use yourself are #healdsburg, #pinot. We’ll be using twitter to flag the tastiest and best values we find as we find them. Look for our #4corks (best), #3corks (nice), #2corks (eh!) and #1cork (yuck) scoring. We’ll be looking for your tweets and scoring all afternoon too. Unless it is raining, we’ll be wearing our California Wine Fan t-shirts. Say hello.
Pinot on the River Past – Fun Facts
We were at Pinot on the River a few years ago when the event was at the Rodney Strong Vineyards. The day before we were lucky enough to get into an all-day technical session sponsored by the Pinot Report. Among others we heard from
- Chris Donatiello (C. Donatiello Winery),
- Tim Olson (Olson Ogden Wines),
- August West (August West Wine),
- Ken Johasch (Auteur Wine),
- Paul Clifton (Hahn Family), and
- Greg La Follette (at the time owner of Tandem Winery, now at La Follette Wines).
Santa Lucia Highlands – This AVA will be tasting
Hahn Family is notable for producing under eight different labels. Those with money to burn should check the Lucienne brand for high-end Santa Lucia Highlands pinot noirs. By the way, Hahn Estate’s address is Soledad, a town known for two things (1) being located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, where a good part of the U.S. vegetable crop is grown, and (2) the home of the Salinas Valley State Prison.