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Discover the World of Pinot Noir– One Style at a Time

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If exploring your world consists of savoring each sip, then the  World of Pinot Noir weekend, held yearly on the primary weekend of March on the Ritz Carlton Baccara in Santa Barbara, will certainly quench your thirst.

This expertly curated set of occasions is designed to introduce the neophyte and deepen the information of seasoned sippers to the countless expressions of this noble varietal, Pinot Noir.

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The weekend started with a Thursday night Gala Reunion Gathering that includes Pinot and glowing wines from vineyards close to and much. Nosh-able nibbles together with a seafood station brimming with crab claws and shrimp from the Ritz Carlton kitchen crafted to accompany every pour, as music crammed the air of the spacious Ballroom Lobby and Terrace. The evening was heady with the experience of notable somms and winemakers who mingled with the friends and served their sips of sheer genius within the bottle. This was an ideal begin to a weekend stuffed with the anticipation of the occasions to return.

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Very first thing on Friday morning, seminar individuals have been challenged with a blind tasting of the main 12 West Coast AVA’s of Pinot Noir extending from Oregon to Santa Barbara. A panel of consultants mentioned the finer factors of blind tasting in addition to the elements that differentiate every of the types. At this seminar the visitor responses ranged from a revelation for some newbies to a affirmation for the wine savvy. What a difficult approach to get up the palate and put together for a wine-centric lunch overlooking the ocean.

On the curated luncheon that adopted this seminar two esteemed California producers, Patz and Corridor from the Russian River and Sonoma and The Fess Parker producers from Santa Barbara showcased their various expressions of terroir, because the Ritz Carlton workforce ready Mediterranean-inspired luncheon picks to pair with the pouring. What a approach to salute the splendor of the Pacific Ocean as a important influencer within the varietal expressions of the grape.

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From midafternoon to early night on Friday and Saturday, the spacious Grand Ballroom on the Ritz Carlton Baccara performed host to the “Grand Tasting” occasion. There isn’t a higher approach to examine in addition to refine your individual preferences from the 100 Pinot Noir producers current than by sipping and discussing your discoveries with the educated winemakers and sommeliers. 

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VIP ticket holders had early entry and guided excursions led by the World of Pinot Noir employees to assist navigate the huge array of samples on provide. As well as, a non-public patio lounge and separate personal experiences– together with music, chef demonstrations, and vertical library tastings–were a part of the VIP Bundle.

This yr, chef, creator and NBC’s TODAY Present Chef, Joy Bauer, ready recipes from her best-selling e book, Pleasure Bauer’s Tremendous Meals!, to the delight of friends who have been in a position to pattern three dishes and pair with numerous Pinot Noirs.

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Saturday’s seminar unveiled the “Secret Gems of Burgundy.” Consultant samplings of Village Burgundies from the Côte de Nuits revealed how the imperfect classification of those wines usually neglects producers who vie for high quality with their pricier, extra prestigious Premier and Grands Crus wine classifications.

Saturday’s three-course luncheon was hosted by Winemaker Sarah Wuethrich of Anderson Valley’s coastal local weather vineyard, Maggy Hawk. Their property flagship vineyard sits near the coast in a redwood grove and exudes a attribute provenance and terroir. Memorable expressions of those vineyards enhanced the Ritz Carlton’s culinary choices of baked brie, pork tenderloin and strawberry cheesecake.

The weekend was capped off by a stellar 5 course dinner together with pate, crab, filet mignon and artisanal cheeses paired with 10 examples of the newly introduced SLO AVA. The winemakers joined friends at dinner and each highlighted the nuances of this new rising area with its proximity to the Pacific providing distinctive alternatives and challenges.

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Goodbyes have been punctuated with guarantees to communicate and reconnect for subsequent yr’s not-to-be-missed sequence of occasions all in celebration of Pinot Noir. If you wish to pursue your ardour and up your understanding of this varietal, plan your weekend now on the World of Pinot Noir .

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