8th Annual Pinot Noir Summit

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Pinot Noir Summit

Have we got a fun wine event for you - the 8th Annual Pinot Noir Summit! Join IWA for a fun and educational day. Meet people, taste outstanding wines and have fun doing what we know you enjoy doing. The event will also feature our Ultima Stemware.

Event Details

Partial List of
Featured Wineries

New wineries being added daily!

Amisfield Wine Company
Artesa Winery
Balletto Vineyards
Big Basin Vineyards
Bjornstad Cellars
Brophy Clark
Canihan Wines
Champagne Pommery
Claiborne & Churchill Vintners
CRU: Mariposa Wine Collection
David Bruce Winery
Dierberg Vineyards
Domaine Chandon
Elk Cove Vineyards
Elkhorn Peak Cellars
Eric Ross
Gloria Ferrer
Hahn Family Wines
Handley Cellars
Heart O The Mountain
Kendric Vineyards
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Left Edge Winery
Lionheart Wines
Manzoni Estate Vineyard
Nicholson Ranch
Pacific Coast Vineyards
Pegasus Bay
River Road Vineyards
Robledo Family Winery
Row Eleven Wine Company
Russian Hill Estate
Scott Cellars
Shandel's Oppenlander Vineyard
Sonoma Coast Vineyards
TR Elliott
Ventana Vineyards
Vine Hill Winery
Wedell Cellars
Windsor Sonoma Winery
Windsor Vineyards

Pinot Noir SummitSaturday, February 27, 2010
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
Noon to 8:30 p.m.

Only 250 tickets are available. It has sold out every year, and we expect the eighth annual to be no different. Get your tickets early before they’re gone.

Pinot Noir Summit Ticket Price: $125
IWA Ticket Price: $100 (includes Blind Tasting, Workshops, Reception & Awards Ceremony)
Purchase Pinot Noir Summit Tickets*

Pinot Noir Reception & Award Ceremony Ticket Price: $75
IWA Ticket Price: $60
Purchase Pinot Noir Reception & Awards Ceremony Tickets
Palm Drive Health Care Foundation
* A portion of each ticket purchased to the Summit will be donated to Palm Drive Health Care Foundation in support of Palm Drive Hospital. Palm Drive Hospital, located in Sebastopol, is in the heart of some of the best Pinot Noir in the world - the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast.

Event Details & Schedule

Noon – 3:30 PM

Pinot Noir SummitPinot Noir Shootout -The Final Showdown - Pinot Noir lovers have the opportunity to taste 40 of the top-rated wines in a blind tasting. Guests will pit their palates against the expert panel. Each attendee will taste the wines and rate their preferences. Scores will be tallied and compared with the findings of our panel.

3:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Pinot Noir Workshops
Guests may attend two workshops.

  • When Pinot Sparkles... - Blanc de Noirs are sparkling wines made from black grapes, typically Pinot Noir. Taste some wonderful examples of these wines and explore how these wines are produced. The panel will discuss the process, appellations and food pairings.
    Moderator: Ellen Landis, Sommelier & Wine Director, Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay
    California Panelists: Steve Urberg, Winemaker; Gloria Ferrer; Tom Tiburzi, Winemaker, Domaine Chandon
  • Food and Pinot Noir Pairing - An exploration of Pinot Noir pairings. What works with which style of Pinot Noir.
    Moderator: Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, International Wine Judge and Certified Wine Professional
    Panelists: TBA
  • Winemaking 101 - The challenges a winemaker faces from harvest through bottling. When are decisions made and how do you decide? Three winemakers discuss the "process" as each share a wine that has not been released as yet.
    Moderator:Mike Potashnik, Publisher, International Wine Review
    Panelists: Eric Luse, Owner/Winemaker, Eric Ross Winery; Patrick Melley, Owner/Winemaker, Russian Hill Winery
  • Discovering New Stars - An introduction and tasting of wines from young wineries producing fabulous Pinot Noir.
    Moderator: C. Jason Mancebo, Wine Blogger, $20 Dollar Wine Blog
    Panelists: Mark Ray, Winemaker, Perception Wines; Bradley Brown, Owner/Winemaker, Big Basin Vineyards; Ken Post, Winemaker, Mariposa Wine Company
  • A Global Perspective on Pinot Noir - Find out how different a Pinot Noir can be as we taste wines from three different classic growing regions: Russian River Valley, New Zealand and Santa Cruz Mountains.
    Moderator: Sid Sall, Wine Director, Great Chefs of Marin
    Panelists:Ted Elliott, TR Elliott; Sal Godinez, Winemaker, Vine Hill Winery
  • Sustainable? Organic? Does it matter? - What effect do vineyard practices have on the quality of the wine? A panel of winemakers and wine growers discuss this very controversial subject as they share wines produced from their vineyards.
    Moderator: Don Winkler, Editor, The International Wine Review
    Panelist: Rachel Ormes, Viticulturist, Vine Hill Winery

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Pinot Noir SummitPinot Noir Reception and Awards Ceremony - Winemakers, proprietors, and winery personnel will share their outstanding Pinot Noirs and a taste of other wines they produce. Wines will be served with specially paired hors d'oeuvres. Discover the identity of the wines you tasted at the Pinot Noir Showdown. The final results will be announced at 8:00 PM on February 27, 2010.

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