DWCC 2014 – wine is a business

What can the home of cuckoo clocks, chocolate and jazz festivals teach us about wine? Quite a lot actually, as long as you are registered and currently attending the Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux. Currently Greg Lambrecht, founder of Coravin, is reminding everyone that the wine industry is a business. There needs to be an […]

16th Annual Pinot Fest: November 22, 2014

Pinotnoir16thwebgraphic.jpgOne of the longest running wine tasting events in San Francisco is also one of its best. While the city often plays host to really huge public tastings like ZAP, Family Winemakers, and PinotDays, some of the better tastings are more intimate and focused. Both words appropriately describe PinotFest, a low-key event held every year at Farallon Restaurant.

Despite practically non-existent marketing or announcement, PinotFest quietly pulls together 60 or so top producers of West Coast Pinot Noir every year for a dedicated crowd of Pinot lovers in San Francisco. This year will be the event’s 16th anniversary.

Attendees get nibbles from Farallon’s kitchen, and access for a few hours to many hard to find Pinot Noirs that often don’t appear at the larger public tastings.

This year’s wineries will include:

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

While, at $125, this tasting may be expensive for some, it is only the price of approximately 1.8 bottles from most of these producers, and by far the least expensive way of getting a chance to taste a lot of them in one setting.

PinotFest 2014
Saturday, November 22
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Farallon Restaurant, 4th Floor
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Tickets are $125 per person and can be ordered online or by calling 415-956-6969. This event will almost certainly sell out.

I recommend arriving exactly at 3:00 PM, wearing dark clothes to minimize spills, eating a hearty lunch ahead of time, and swallowing only a few wines so you can taste a lot more.

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Quick Sip: Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello Friends,

Today’s Quick Sip is the Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Faust label is the creation of Chilean born Agustin Huneeus, who has been in the wine industry his entire professional career; starting in 1960 as Chief Executive Officer of well-known Concha y Toro. Along with his wife Valerie, Agustin founded Quintessa in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley in 1990. Where Quintessa specializes in one single-vineyard, estate-grown Meritage blend each year; Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit for Faust is sourced from Augustin’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, the valley’s newest appellation (est. 2011), as well as other sites in Yountville, Mount Veeeder, St. Helena, and Rutherford. The 2011 Faust endured a challenging growing season and is both approachable and satisfying. It is a very nice bottle of wine to enjoy over dinner with a table of friends. For further information and where you can find this Cabernet Sauvignon, please see my tasting notes below.

Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Review: Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $50): Deep ruby in color, inviting scents of dark cherry, black currant and a peppery spice greet the nose with undertones of toasty cedar, black olive and notes of dried herb. Medium-to-full in body with a seamless texture and fine tannins, harmonious acidity gives lift to ripe fruit flavors carrying through to the medium-long, mineral-accented finish. This wine is well-balanced and ready to drink now; but should also do interesting things in the bottle over the next several years. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.2%, Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 19 months in 100% French oak – 30% new, cork enclosure.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine. 
This bottle of wine would pair well with lamb chops. 

Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned …more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: This wine was provided for review. Thoughts are my own.

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