PinotDays: Eve Skips Tasting With Media, Drinks with Public!

It just so happened that for this year’s PinotDays Grand Festival event I couldn’t attend the media/trade tasting from 11-1 and opted for the public event from 2-6.  Last year, one of my wine peeps had complained about the lines and I wanted to see if the organizers had made any changes on their sold-out event.

They certainly had.  I never waited more than two minutes for a taste!  I think I might have totally scored as it would appear that the media had left at 1pm instead of overflowing to the public event.  Two guest writers Mary Bradway and Terri Templeton that covered the event as well as me, and the Slys, paid to attend the second part of the day.  They expectorated in the morning; swallowed with the rest of us in the afternoon. 

Other friends that I missed in the morning, and/or caught in the afternoon included Rusty and Tracy Sly, Denise Lowe and John Dickey, Xochitl Maiman, Steve and Rose Chegwin, Rob Barnett, Ben, Luke, Jessie and Renee from Hipster Enology, George Skorka and Jennifer Treymayne, Arthur Przebinda, Laura Garcia, Rob and Ann Piscitello, Scott and Natalie Shannon, Steve and Julie Sturgeon…

There was no way anyone got through this entire list of what was offered.  And of the ones I could, I put my faves in bold:

Me and winery “reps”

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards 
Ampelos Cellars 
Ancient Oak Cellars
Arcadian Winery 
Arista Winery 
August West
Balletto Vineyards & Winery 
Baxter Winery 
Belle Glos Wines
Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery 
Benovia Winery 
Big Basin Vineyards
Big Table Farm 
Bouchaine Vineyards 
Breggo Cellars
Buena Vista Carneros 
C.Donatiello Winery 
Cargasacchi Wines
Clos Pepe Vineyards 
Clouds Rest Vineyards, LLC 
Cuvaison Estate Wines
DeLoach Vineyards 
Derby Wine Estates 
Domaine Chandon 
Domaine Serene 
Donum Estate/Robert Stemmler 
DUNSTAN Wines – Durell Vineyard
Etude Wines 
Fess Parker Winery 
Flying Goat Cellars
Fog Crest Vineyard 
Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery 
Frogmore Creek – 42 Degrees South; Tasmania
Gainey vineyard 
Gary Farrell Winery 
Goldeneye Winery
Grandstand Sports Inc 
Gypsy Canyon Winery 
Hahn Family Wines
Handley Cellars 
Hitching Post Wines 
Inception Wines
Inman Family Wines 
Keefer Ranch
Keller Estate
Ken Brown Wines 
Kendric Vineyards 
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
La Fenetre 
La Follette Wines 
La Rochelle Winery
Ladd Cellars 
Landy Family Vineyards 
Le Cadeau Vineyard
Londer Vineyards 
Loring Wine Company 
MacMurray Ranch
MacPhail Family Wines 
MacRostie Winery 
Mahoney Vineyards
Martinelli Winery 
(Segue into Macallan single malt scotch 15 and 17 year olds, nice palate cleanser we enjoyed at the end of the day…)
Meiomi Melville
Montage Vineyards 
Morgan Winery 
Native9 Wine
Olivia Brion Winery 
Pacific Coast vineyards 
Pali Wine Company
Papapietro Perry Winery 
Paraiso Vineyards 
Patz & Hall Wine Company
Pelerin Wines 
Perception Wines 
Pey-Marin Vineyards & Pey-Lucia Vineyards
Prodigal Wines Riverbench Vineyard & Winery 
Roessler Cellars
Romililly Wines 
Rozak Scheid Vineyards
Scherrer Winery 
Sequana Vineyards 
Siduri Wines
Small Vines Wines 
Sojourn Cellars 
Sokol Blosser Winery
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates/Erath Winery 
Suacci Carciere Wines 
Summerland Winery
Talley Vineyards 
Tantara Winery
Testarossa Winery 
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Thomas George Estates 
Thorne Wine 
Three Sticks
Union des Grand Crus Bordeaux Tasting 
Villa Mt. Eden
Willamette Valley Vineyards 
Zotovich Family Vineyards

Special thanks to the volunteers that kept us in water, bread and cheese almost all afternoon, and to Steve and Lisa Rigisch for organizing another outstanding event that singles out Pinot Noir.