Pinot Noir touches wine lovers in a way that few other grape varieties manage. But beyond its Burgundian heartland, which are the regions that are blazing a trail with the variety today?
Even in 2023, with centuries of viticultural history behind us, it is still possible to encounter real pioneers in the wine world. Consider than until 1965, the Willamette Valley was known for growing hazelnuts rather than vines. That is until David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards, AKA “Papa Pinot”, swooped in to change the area’s trajectory forever, and establish it among the world’s leading sources of fine Pinot.
Our host, master of wine Anne Krebiehl, has put together a fantastic array of Pinot Noirs from across the globe made by intrepid winemakers with the determination and vision to plant Pinot in remote and unlikely locales – with eye-catching results.
The always-entertaining Anne invites Members to discover the stories and wines behind these brave and often contrarian winemakers in what is sure to be a convivial evening celebrating the darling grape of the wine world.
The wines we will be tasting:
2020, Danbury Ridge Pinot Noir
2017, The Eyrie Vineyards, Roland Green Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
2020, Valli, Gibbston Pinot Noir, Central Otago
2017, Dry River, Pinot Noir
2022, Hamilton Russell, Estate Pinot Noir
2021, Tapanappa, Foggy Hill Pinot Noir, South Fleurieu
2019, Baettig, Seleccion de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir
2018, Spätburgunder ‘R’, Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich
Monday 23rd October
St. James’s Room
18:30 – Welcome Drink
19:00 – Masterclass starts
20:30 – Masterclass ends
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