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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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One of the premier vineyards in Sonoma, California - Gap鈥檚 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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馃摲: @rachidphoto 
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During our #PinotTalks in San Francisco of 2019, the top sommeliers blind tasted 12 top Pinot Noir producers from California and Burgundy.
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What are some of your key indicators a red wine is from Burgundy when blind tasting? 
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Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the wine villages of the C么te de Nuits which lies along the foot of the C么te-d'Or escarpment in Burgundy, France and is home to 26 Premiers Crus Climats. Only Pinot Noir is produced here, and the wines are widely regarded as Burgundy's most full-bodied and structured with impressive longevity.
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馃摳: @vindebourgogne
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#Toolsofthetrade Originally designed and patented shortly after WW1, this design is known as a Zig-zag corkscrew, French Lazy Tongs corkscrew, or Compound Lever corkscrew. 
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This device uses a variety of levers to lessen the force required to pull the cork out of a bottle.
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Illustration: @robinkingart
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One of the more critical steps of a grapevine's annual lifecycle is the onset of ripening when the grapes change color from green to red and begin to sweeten. This process is known as veraison and begins late in July.
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Last month, photographer @rachidphoto captured some beautiful images of this annual cycle from the Russian River's historic vineyard, Giusti Ranch. 
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During our past #PinotTalks seminars, we explored Pinot Noir from California and Burgundy blind amongst a group of Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine writers, and top wine buyers and sommeliers, examining how the wines intersect and diverge.
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馃摳: @Shauntedittmar
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The unique diatomaceous earth of Sta. Rita Hills is just one of the many natural features of this region that help produce some of California's premier Pinot Noirs. #topsites 
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馃摳: @jasoncandrew
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During our #PinotTalks in Miami of 2020, we asked the audience some keywords to describe Pinot Noir and created a word cloud pictured here. 
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In one word, how would you describe Pinot Noir? 
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馃摳: @jasoncandrew 
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Nine Pinot Noirs from California and Burgundy tasted blind during our #PinotTalks at @ojaivalleyinn last year. 
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馃摳: @jasoncandrew 
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The growing season is ramping up for the #2021Vintage as the weather warms up here in Northern California. #pinotnoir 
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People began to truly comprehend the benefits of aging wine in the 18th century, and when bottle shape became standardized, long-term storage became a possibility. Extended aging required better corks, which resulted in a demand for a better corkscrew.
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In 1802, Edward Thomason came up with a way to extract a cork by employing a continuous turning in one direction; this device was designed to pull the cork with ease while not agitating the contents of the bottle. It鈥檚 a remarkable invention that has since inspired many additional innovations. #toolsofthetrade
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From the mountains to the oceans, each grape growing region is undeniably unique, and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of #Earthday reminds us of how wondrous this planet truly is.
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馃摳: @rachidphoto
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Different cities result in very different word clouds. It has been fascinating to see the perception of Pinot Noir around the country, and we can't wait to continue this journey.
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Russian River Valley. A heartland for California Pinot Noir that has fog as the defining characteristic. The fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a respite from daytime temperatures. In turn, these diurnal temperature swings slow down ripening and promote more evolved flavors in grapes.
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馃摳: @troyce.hoffman
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We love to see what you've been opening and enjoying lately. It is the bright light for us during these times. Please continue to share your photos and tag @pinottalks!
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Reminiscing back to our last #PinotTalks in Miami. We know times are trying and that a little distraction may be necessary, so head to the #linkinbio for the full episode.
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馃摴 鈥 @brenden.jpeg
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Key corkscrews have been produced since the 1920s, but the majority of antique key corkscrews originated in Germany during the 1950s or later. In England, it was tradition to give a key to the front door of the home to the oldest son or daughter, signifying a key to adulthood. These key corkscrews were incorporated into the tradition and often given as gifts. #toolsofthetrade
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In accordance with the CDC recommendations for 鈥渟ocial-distancing,鈥 we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming Las Vegas and Chicago Pinot Talks events.
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Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm on this journey - we will post an update as soon as we are able to safely reschedule. Until then, please check back often as we continue the digital conversation of Pinot Talks!
What makes Sta. Rita Hills truly unique is the purely east/west mountain range that funnels cooling coastal fog and wind to the vines.
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What other geological characteristics of your favorite Pinot Noir regions come to mind?
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Though it was not the first patent filed for a corkscrew, in 1882, German inventor Karl Wienke filed the "Waiter's Friend" or "Wine Key" patent, which was aptly named after him!
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One of our favorites is the #laguiole wine key.
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Have you had the opportunity to attend #Pinottalks? If not, learn about what to expect from @kostabrownewinery GM Neil Bernardi.
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We are grateful for each of the panelists who participate in our #Pinottalks events. The breadth of knowledge, experience, and industry insights that they bring to the discussion create truly memorable and engaging afternoons.
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We will be in Miami for the @foodnetwork South Beach Wine and Food Festival @sobewffest - what are some of your favorite food and wine festivals to work and attend?
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Upcoming Events

COVID – 19 Update

In accordance with the CDC recommendations for “social-distancing,” we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming Las Vegas and Chicago Pinot Talks events.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm on this journey – We will post an update as soon as we are able to safely reschedule. Until then, please check back often as we continue the digital conversation of Pinot Talks!

Aspen, CO

Postponed May 2021

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

Postponed. Details to come.

Chicago, IL

Postponed. Details to come.

Las Vegas, NV

Postponed. Details to come.

Houston, TX

Postponed. Details to come.

Dallas, TX

Postponed. Details to come.

London, UK

Postponed. Details to come.

Pebble Beach

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Event Recaps

Pinot Talks
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…
Pinot Talks
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…
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December 4, 2019

San Francisco, CA

The Pinot Talks series continued in San Francisco at The Battery, as we explored the world of Pinot Noir through the lens of California and Burgundy. It was an amazing…
Empire state building in NYCPinot Talks
October 16, 2019

New York, NY

The Pinot Talks series continued in New York City at Manhatta, as we explored the world of Pinot Noir through the lens of California and Burgundy. Topics included similarities and…