The Upcoming World Of Pinot Noir Festival, March 4th & 5th 2016
What is the World of Pinot Noir Festival: The World of Pinot Noir mission is to bring Pinot Noir producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world together with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration and education on the shores of California’s beautiful Central Coast.
What to expect: The event includes two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, Grand Tastings, a Burgundy seminar and tasting and gourmet, locally-influenced lunches and dinners. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S.
When is the event: The sixteenth annual World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) is taking place on March 4th & 5th, 2016 at Bacara Resort & Spa. The event brings Pinot Noir producers together with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration and education.
What to expect at the event: WOPN features educational, culinary and tasting events. The event is renowned for bringing Pinot Noir producers from the most exceptional and unique regions from around the world to California’s Central Coast. Expect legions of crystal stemware, filled with amazing wines, complemented by Wine Country cuisine – all set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean – the edge of the Western Hemisphere.
Who does the event benefit: A portion of the funds from the World of Pinot Noir silent auction benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation with Allan Hancock College and the Keith Patterson Memorial Endowment at Cal Poly University.
What kind of Pinot Noirs are participating: The event is a chock-full weekend of events that features Pinot Noir ranging from California, Oregon, Burgundy, Champagne, New Zealand, and Tasmania. The World of Pinot Noir Friday Focus Tasting showcases 100 Pinot producers pouring a vineyard designate and library wine selection. The Saturday Grand Tasting features a different lineup of wineries and expands to 125 brands. Both tastings feature wine country appetizers from Bacara Executive Chef Vincent Lesage.
Ticket Info: For additional information or to purchase tickets visit: www.worldofpinotnoir.com.
Pinot Focused Seminars
A Sparkling Evolution explores the grower-producer Champagne and Sparkling wine movement
The Diversity of Maison Joseph Drouhin’s Burgundy with Frederic Drouhin focuses on a tasting of wine from different “climates” and Burgundy’s recent designation as a World Heritage site by UNESCO
Côte d’ Or March Madness is an educational Premier Cru wine tasting that pits the best villages from the Côte de Beaune against the Côte de Nuit
Debunking the Myth: Cheese & Chocolate wine pairing seminars features fromagers and chocolatiers throwing down the gauntlet to winemakers
Featured Pinot Noir Dinners
Southwestern featuring “ranchero” style cuisine prepared by Frank Ostini of Hitching Post II
Pacific Northwest with guest Chef Jason French from Oregon’s Ned Ludd restaurant
Country French dinner prepared by Bacara Executive Chef Vincent Lesage
The Rock Stars of Pinot Noir event honoring Josh Jensen with Calera Wine Company
Pioneers & Protégés dinner pairs wines and cuisine with winemaker mentors and mentees
Pinot In The Movies
The winning films from the inaugural International Wine Film Festival will be shown on the big screen in the resort’s state of the art theatre. Somm: Into the Bottle will be screened on Saturday afternoon.
Photos courtesy of Tenley Fohl Photography