I’m part of a Meetup group that is in love with wine and hosted an event last night with the theme — Ultimate Pinot Party. Guests had to bring a wine related to Pinot — Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinotage, Pinot Gris/Grigio/Blanc, etc.
Quite the selection came to the table. I think the breakdown was roughly
3 Pinotage (my favorite, love South Africa)
Many Pinot Noir (Mendocino, Napa, Willamette Valley, other)
Pinot d’Alsace a blend of 3 Pinots: Blanc, Gris, Noir and Auxerrois
There were likely a few others. Some of them were empty come the end of the night! Amazing to smell and taste the differences in vintages and regions, and of course varietals. Cheers!
I was quite surprised at my wine tasting last night (that I was preparing the food for). I thought it would be all Oregon Pinots. Well, not quite.
As soon as I get there, I am served a Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington. My hosts are 90% Pinot drinkers and they said they were blown away by this wine. I had a sip…smooth, velvety perfection. Feather is the name, 2009 vintage.
Next, we moved moved down a state to where I expected us to be — Oregon! We had an amazing Pinot Noir. Penner-Ash is from Willamette Valley and we enjoyed the 2011 vintage. Nothing can describe this wine unless you drink it. Nothing.
Last but not least we took a trip to the most southern state on the West Coast. We sucked it up and visited Cakebread. Darn. We sipped the 2010 Pinot Noir. Life is good.