The Bold, Brave New World of California Pinot Noir

When: Thursday, May 20
Time: 6:00 pm TO 7:30 pm
Where: Milwaukee

Seminar Wine Tasting, Thursday May 20, 6 – 7:30 pm

Location: Milwaukee’s tasting hosted by our restaurant partner Birch, 459 E. Pleasant.

Delafield’s tasting hosted in-store at 631 Genesee street.

RSVP: Required. Purchase online or call your favorite store.


Pinot Noir – the “Heartbreak Grape.” So named by vintners because it’s incredibly difficult to grow and vinify, and further, to get a wine market obsessed with BIG wines like Cabernet to appreciate it allures.

But that all changed in the last months of 2004, which saw the release of Sideways. It featured picturesque vistas of California wine country and a wine-besotted protagonist poetically waxing on the beauty of the grape. Sideways practically made the grape and its Sunshine State appellations leap into the hearts and souls of America’s oenological consciousness. Today, California annually crushes more than 250,000 tons of Pinot Noir. In 1990, that number was just 32,000 tons.

At this tasting, we’ll trace through 50 years of California Pinot Noir history. We’ll explore major Pinot Noir appellations like Sonoma County, Carneros, Anderson Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Lucia Highlands. And we’ll show you how a new wave of California winemakers is making the most exciting Pinot Noirs found anywhere in the world.

To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

When signing up online, please note which location you will attend in the notes section of your order.


Wines to be tasted:

2019 Raeburn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $29.99

2014 Domaine Anderson, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir $44.99

2019 Catteyla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $59.99

2016 Robert Sinskey Carneros Pinot Noir $49.99

2017 Morgan “12 Clones” Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir $29.99

2013 Talley Vineyards Rosemary’s Pinot Noir $79.99

2018 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir $25.99

2016 Brewer Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir $44.99

2017 The Hilt Santa Rita Hills Estate Vineyard $44.99

All wines will have a substantial discount this night only! And there will be a bonus wine for those who arrive before 6 pm.

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