PinotFest lures Pinot lovers with top notch West Coast wines

PinotFest is billed as San Francisco’s original, all-Pinot Noir "bacchanalia." Or as organizers also refer to it as: a public tasting of a sexy wine.

2010 Cambria Estate Winery Pinot Noir
2010 Cambria Estate Winery Pinot Noir. Just one of several top notch Pinots being featured at PinotFest 2013.

In case you missed the wonderful Pinot on the River up in Sonoma that took place over the weekend, here’s another wine tasting that’s come up on the Stark Insider radar that we wholeheartedly recommend.

PinotFest is billed as San Francisco’s original, all-Pinot Noir “bacchanalia.” Or, as organizers also refer to it as: a public tasting of a sexy wine.

Farallon Restaurant will once again host the event, which takes place this November.

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The extensive tasting of Pinot Noirs from over 50 of Oregon and California’s best producers features hors d’oeuvres to complement the wines and an opportunity to meet the winemakers.

Should you decide to go, here’s some of our quick picks:

1. Williams Selyem

Always top flight. Exceptional quality, smooth, elegant (review). Absolutely a treat.

Bob Cabral, Winemaker, Williams Selyem Winery
Winemaker Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem is often dubbed the Prince of Pinot.

2. Merry Edwards

Recently inducted into the Napa Vintner’s Hall of Fame, Merry Edwards is not only one of Napa Valley’s top women winemakers, she’s one of the country’s best winemakers, period. You can watch Merry being inducted during the ceremony that also featured critic Robert Parker, labor leader César Chávez and wine writer Frank Schoonmaker:

3. Robert Sinskey

Also, refined Pinot, brimming with personality. Did you know: not only does Robert Sinskey plant vines, but he has also allocated part of his land to cultivate truffles. Learn more about that: Truffles in America (Video).

Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir
Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir

Those are just three of many top drawer wines on offer. Earlier this year we picked the 2010 Cambria Estate as the Stark Insider wine of the week (as seen in lead photo).

Tickets are $100, but afford the opportunity to taste some of the best Pinots available anywhere on the West Coast. Quick suggestion: no doubt there will be cheeses on hand to pair with these Pinots, but don’t be afraid to give dark chocolate an opportunity too!

San Francisco restaurant news, reviews, storiesPinotFest 2013

November 23, 2013

Farallon Restaurant, San Francisco

Tickets: $100

More information: Farallon Restaurant PinotFest

Participating wineries:

Alma Rosa
Archery Summit
Au Bon Climat
Bonaccorsi
Brittan
Byron
Calera
Cambria
Cargasacchi
Chehalem
Cobb
Costa de Oro
Domaine Drouhin
Domaine Serene
Drake
El Molino
Etude
Failla
Fiddlehead
Flowers
Foxen
Freeman
Gloria Ferrer
Greenwood Ridge
Handley
Hartford
Hendry
Hitching Post
Iron Horse
Joseph Phelps
Keller Estate
Kendric
Landmark
LIOCO
Littorai
Lynmar
Marimar Estate
Melville
Merry Edwards
Morgan
Patz & Hall
Paul Hobbs
Paul Lato
Peay
Pey-Marin
Radio Coteau
Robert Sinskey
Saintsbury
Siduri, Skewis
Soliste
Soter
Talisman
Talley
Tendril
Testarossa
Thomas Fogarty
Twomey
Whitcraft
WillaKenzie
Williams Selyem

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