Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pinot Paradise - Santa Cruz Mountains Pinots in Campbell, March 28

The Santa Cruz Mountains wineries are bringing their best Pinot Noir to Villa Ragusa ballroom in Campbell in historic downtown Campbell on Sunday, March 28, for the 6th annual Pinot Paradise event. Over 30 wineries from both the Santa Cruz and Santa Clara sides of the appellation are bringing their finest Pinots to the winelovers of the area. Several vintages will be represented and most of the winemakers will be there to answer any questions you have about this great varietal in the unique mountain coastal region.
There will be silent and live auctions at the event with opportunities to not only purchase these Pinot Noirs, but also other arts & crafts, winery tours and exotic get-aways. The live auction will also have double magnums from each winery, plus the one-of-a-kind Paradise Cuvee, a 5-liter blend of all the best Pinots being poured at the event!

Over ¼ of the planted acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation are planted with Pinot Noir, mostly on the cooler ocean side of the mountains where the cool nights and mild days concentrate the flavors in the fruit. The ocean influence and fog is what distinguishes the Santa Cruz Mountains as an ideal place for this grape. In addition, the long growing season and slow ripening result in complex flavors of these wines.

The Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir has also found their place in the hearts and palates of wine judges around the world. Almost a dozen of the wines have scored over 85 points in Wine Enthusiast along with many top ratings from Wine Spectator and other journals. The San Francisco Chronicle annual wine competition consistently awards top awards to Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir.

The weekend events also include a self-guided Pinot Pathways tour on Saturday, March 28 offering the opportunity to taste barrel samples, library wines and verticals at a select group of wineries. Pathways tickets are $25.

Sunday, March 28 features an all day Pinot immersion at Villa Ragusa in Campbell, beginning with a Technical Session at 9:00 a.m. where winemakers will explore the climate and geography of the top Pinot Noir areas in Santa Cruz Mountains. The Grand Cruz Tasting is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. featuring Pinot Noir from 35 Santa Cruz Mountains wineries paired with gourmet food from local restaurants.

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