It's June, and that means one thing when it comes to wine in San Francisco: Pinot Noir. For the past 10 years, June has played host to PinotDays, a celebration of the grape that brings wineries and wine lovers together for a couple of days of tasting and education.
There was a time when San Francisco had no large-scale tasting of Pinot Noir, but those days seem a distant memory, now in a post-Sideways world. Every year pinot_days_logo.gifmembers of the wine-drinking public can spend an afternoon wandering in a sea of Pinot Noir, as 80 different producers (primarily California, but also Oregon and France) offer their wines for the tasting.
On Friday the 20th of June, various wineries will be present for a "Table Hop" dinner at The City Club, where winemakers will move from table to table with each course of the meal to meet guests and talk about their wines.
Then on Saturday, a couple of hours before the grand tasting, a sit-down seminar will be offered for those holding VIP, early entrance tickets. Various other events will be held that weekend, so check out the full listing on the event web site.
All of the events are available as part of packaged deals, or a la carte, for your pleasure. At the very least, if you love Pinot Noir, it's hard to think of a better way to spend a few hours than wandering around tasting great juice with a gorgeous view of San Francisco.