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Battle of the Pinot Noirs
January 26, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
It’s one of our favorite grapes. It shot to stardom in the movie “Sideways”. It is haunting, complex, detailed, and difficult to make well. It is Pinot Noir. One of the great things about Pinot Noir is that it’s responsible for incredible wines made in a range of wine regions. Of course there is Burgundy, the historic home of the grape, where ‘terroir’ reigns and expression of detail is everything. Then there is Oregon, which seems to have hit an amazing stride in the last ten years, pumping out juicy and beautiful wines consistently while more and more new wineries open all the time. California is represented by many regions: Russian River Valley, Carneros, Monterey, and Santa Barbara all make spectacular Pinot Noirs. On the southern side of the globe, New Zealand shares a little bit of their wines with the world, and boy are they good. So what is the best? Come the class to find out. We will taste a collection of top notch Pinot Noirs side by side in a blind format. We will discuss each one at a time covering aromas, taste profile, and overall style. Each participant will have a ‘scorecard’ of sorts to indicate personal rankings, and after full evaluation we will reveal the wines. A comprehensive discussion on the Pinot Noir grape itself and what regions of the world give it certain qualities will precede the blind tasting. Only $35 per person — all online registration fees paid by Twin Cities Wine.