Wednesday, May 5, 2010

13th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival - May 14-16

Think of Anderson Valley and you immediately think of fine Pinot Noir. In Boontling, the local Boonville folk language, “It’s bahl hornin’”, or, It’s good drinkin!”

Anderson Valley Winegrowers in Mendocino County are hosting the 13th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 14-16. The Festival starts on Friday, May 14 with the Pinot Festival Technical Conference where you can learn from the experts about how to make it, taste it and enjoy it. That afternoon there is a Consumer Tasting Seminar at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville followed by a Social BBQ at the Standish Wine Company where you can celebrate Pinot Noir with a great BBQ and local foods.

Saturday is devoted to the Pinot Festival Grand Tasting at Goldeneye Winery where nearly 100 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir wines will be experienced. Various winemaker dinners will be held in Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Coast that evening. These winemaker dinners sell out fast so get your tickets early!

However, Sunday May 16 your favorite Anderson Valley wineries open their cellar doors to all visitors. Many of these exclusive wineries are not normally open for tastings. Besides the chance to explore their wines, you will find special events including barrel tasting, winery tours, library tasting, vertical flights, food and wine pairing and more. The cool Anderson Valley is well known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Sparkling wines. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit wineries in this picturesque agricultural valley 100 miles north of San Francisco. For a list of participating wineries check out the Anderson Valley Winegrowers website.

Tickets are available on the Anderson Valley Winegrowers website and there is a $10 early purchase discount if purchased prior to May 1. These tickets sell out early every year so get them soon!

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