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Sharing Our Obsession with the World

Follow our journey as we explore Pinot Noir from California and Burgundy, examining where they intersect and diverge, in hopes to learn from each.

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Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience

Healdsburg, CA

May 20, 2023

Pinot Talks is returning to the Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience on Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the heart of Wine Country for a blind tasting of exceptional Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and Burgundy. We hope to inspire thoughtful conversations between our guests and esteemed panelists. Panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pinot Noir from Oregon is among the most acclaimed in the world, but is it so different from California Pinot? Unmistakable nuances in climate and terroir are what set these two areas apart. For example, Oregon is generally cooler than California and receives more rainfall, resulting in a Pinot that tends to be lighter in color, somewhat leaner in body, and has a more delicate texture. Think silk versus satin; similar yet distinct.
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📷 : @rachid.dahnoun 
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A New Pinot Talks Seminar is next month! Join us as we taste through a blind flight—rediscovering the classic wines of Burgundy alongside the great Pinot Noirs of California. The goal is to explore the similarities and differences in the wines from each location, focusing on quality, winemaking, and the modern techniques of each region. So where will we be next? Check out our website at #linkinbio to learn more.
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📸: @shauntehonoradittmar 
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#Facts! Did you know…
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 ✅ Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc are mutations of Pinot Noir? Consider it the OG of Pinots!
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✅ 'Pinot Noir' translates to 'black pine.' Whether they were referring to a pineapple or a pinecone is still debated, but its name comes from its tightly clustered fruit.
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✅ Pinot Noir is one of the oldest vinifera varieties in the world. It predates Cabernet Sauvignon by almost a millennium!
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What does the future of Pinot Noir look like in the wine industry? 
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We love a thoughtful conversation about Pinot Noir at #Pinottalks - see our link in bio to rewatch past events. 
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🎥: @brenden.jpeg 
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We were thrilled to continue #Pinottalks this year as we explored Pinot Noir from California and Burgundy, examining where they intersect and diverge in hopes of learning from each.
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We look forward to more events in 2023! 
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Where should we go next? 
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📸 @lauracasner 
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What a wonderful and exciting conversation with our panelists and audience at our PinotTalks seminar!
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Our hope is that after each event, the audience will walk away from this experience enlightened, perhaps surprised, and enthusiastic about continuing the dialogue of California Pinot Noir among the industry at large.
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Harvest is in full swing in California. Most wineries pick Pinot Noir at night for better complexity of aromatics and control for the start of the fermentation and less oxidation of the fruit. 
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📷 :  @bonafideproductions 
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#TopPinotRegions - The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is located on California’s Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. The Pacific Ocean’s marine layer and afternoon ocean breezes traverse the coastal valley corridors between the Purisima Hills and the Santa Rosa Hills, creating the perfect environment for growing cool-climate Pinot Noir. The flavors and complexity of Sta. Rita Hills wines come from a combination of East-West coastal valleys, cool weather, fog, wind, and soils that limit vine vigor and crop yield. 
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What are some of your favorite vineyards from this region?
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📸: @jasoncandrew 
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When blind tasting, which aromatic differences allow you to distinguish Pinot Noir from California vs. Burgundy?
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📸: @shauntedittmar 
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Have you ever wanted to work a harvest?
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For over 25 years, Kosta Browne Winery has been on a quest to craft some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines and has had the honor of sourcing fruit from highly acclaimed vineyards in California. 
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Their production team is looking for individuals who are truly passionate about the wine industry and whose selfless work and dedication will be devoted to producing incredibly compelling wines for this upcoming 2022 harvest. Send us a DM for the link to apply!
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📸: @bonafideproductions 
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Who is headed to the fantastic Food & Wine Classic Classic in Aspen this weekend? Comment below with a 🍷! 
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It feels great to back! 
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First event of the year at @healdsburgwineandfood.
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Eight miles from the Pacific Ocean, at an elevation just above the coastal fog, lies one of the premier Pinot Noir vineyards in Russian River Valley -  Treehouse Vineyard. 
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Previously, this land was used for grazing cattle, which meant there was no need for a source of water. To this day, water must be carted up to the vineyard to hydrate the vines. 
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Bounded by cypress trees and majestic redwoods, this 14- acre site is a natural masterpiece shaped by sun-kissed days and unique iron-rich soils that create a Pinot Noir with profound depth and complexity. 
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What are some of your favorite Russian River Pinot Noir vineyards? 
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📸: @rachidphoto 
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Have you attended a @Pinottalks event? If so, what was your biggest surprise? If not, what's a wine that's recently surprised you? 
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🎥: @lanepower 
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It has been over a year since our last #PinotTalks, and we could not be more excited to return for the first @healdsburgwineandfood Event next month! Check back for more details in the coming weeks as we announce the esteemed panelists leading the conversation.
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See our #linkinbio to learn more and to purchase tickets.
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📸: @shauntedittmar 
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It's that time of the year again - bud break! In early spring, tiny buds on the vine begin to wake up and swell. You first see the appearance of green leaves through the bud scale. Growth is slow at first; however, growth and shoot elongation accelerate as the temperature rises.
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📸: @rachidphoto 
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We are so ecstatic that @worldofpinot is happening this weekend! 
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What producers are you excited to connect with?
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📷: @worldofpinot 
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Another premier Pinot Vineyard in California is the Cerise Vineyard, located in Anderson Valley. This vineyard is on a beautiful hillside situated between 800 - 1,100ft elevation on a very steep and rocky south-facing slope in the northeast range of mountains above the town of Boonville. Its elevation and exposure place it directly in the fog layer, resulting in significant diurnal swings making for complex and well-structured wines. #TopPinotSites 
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📸: @rachidphoto 
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What do you think plays the more essential role in producing great Pinot Noir? 
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A. Growing Practices 
B. Winemaking Practices
C. Climate and Weather
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The Sonoma Coast can be considered one of Sonoma County's most enigmatic wine regions. From the wild, windswept northern coast to the gently rolling hills of the southern dairyland spanning over the county, wines from this captivating appellation have beautiful structure, depth, and poise.

What are some of your favorite Pinot Noirs produced from this region?
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 📸: @troyce.hoffman 
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Cellarman corkscrews come in various styles and types and would be commonly referred to according to the number of fingers that could comfortably be used to get a good grip. For example, this specific example is a four-finger corkscrew. The design is simple and relies on pure force to open the bottle. Some will have a little leather on the handle to add some extra grip. #toolsofthetrade
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llustration: @robinkingart 
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2021 may have been a quiet year for #PinotTalks, but we look forward to what the year 2022 may bring! 
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📸: @jasoncandrew
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When pouring the perfect glass of wine, the temperature is essential. Wine served too warm or too cold can mask delicate flavor profiles. Pinot Noir has vibrant, elegant aromas and flavors that are best highlighted when served at 54-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
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📸: @jasoncandrew 
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A Burgundian icon and capital of Bourgogne’s wine trade - The city of Beaune.

📸: @_albin_ 

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Who else agrees that Pinot Noir is the ultimate fall wine? 🙋🙋‍♀️
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📸: @jasoncandrew 
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Over the weekend, Wine Spectator held its 40th anniversary for the New York Wine Experience to celebrate some of the highest-scoring wines. 
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Congratulations to all our fellow Pinot producers!
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One of the premier vineyards in Sonoma, California - Gap’s Crown. With an elevation of 300 to 800 feet, this extremely rocky, well-drained site consistently produces powerful, concentrated Pinot noir. #TopPinotSites
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Event Recaps

san diego pinot talksPinot Talks
November 8, 2022

San Diego, CA

The Pinot Talks series continued in San Diego as we explored the world of Pinot Noir through the lens of California and Burgundy. Panelists led thoughtful conversations for wine industry…
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May 21, 2022

Healdsburg, CA

The Pinot Talks series continued in Healdsburg, CA, for the Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience as we explored the world of Pinot Noir through the lens of California and Burgundy.…
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March 4, 2021

Ojai, CA

The Pinot Talks series continued in Ojai, CA, at the Ojai Valley Inn as we explored the world of Pinot Noir through the lens of California and Burgundy. The afternoon…
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February 19, 2020

Miami, FL

The Pinot Talks Series continued in Miami as we explored the world of Pinot Noir through the lens of California and Burgundy. Recap Full Episode Moderator Regina Sanz Director of…