Pinot Days San Francisco Grand Tasting 2009

pinotdaysOne of the reasons that we’ve been excited about moving to San Francisco is the close proximity to the oodles of annual wine tasting events we’d have.  We’ve already been to a couple of them as out of town visitors, but this event was our first as residents of San Francisco, and we were chomping at the bit for this one

With over 130 producers present, small in comparison to the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Family Winemakers event, there was no shortage of pinot noir to go around.  I calculated that we’d be able to visit each booth in attendance in the time allotted if we spent 2 minutes at each table.  The calculations however did not take into account rest time between booths, bathroom breaks or winemaker chat time, so it was basically an impossibility.

Many of the booths we visited were familiar names to us from our time as wine shop owners or just brands we’ve purchased over the years, so unfortunately, my attempt to discover new producers I’ve never heard of or were vaguely familiar with failed.  As soon as we started to mill around, we knew it was going to be hard to resist revisiting the new releases of old standbys.  Oh well, here are some pictures from the event as well as a list at the end of producers whose wines we tasted and enjoyed.

A birdseye view of the well attended event.

A birds-eye view of the well attended event.

One half of the Ostini-Hartley Hitching Post partnership, Gray Hartley.

One half of the Ostini-Hartley Hitching Post partnership, Gray Hartley.

Winemaker Mark Ray of Perception Wines.

Winemaker Mark Ray of Perception Wines.

Perception wine bottles.  Really good stuff.  Seek them out; seriously.

Perception wine bottles. Really good stuff. Seek them out; seriously.

Rusack winemaker John Falcone also makes an excellent cabernet sauvingon under his Falcone label.

Rusack winemaker John Falcone also makes an excellent cabernet sauvingon under his Falcone label.

Yes, the romantic Alarids, owners of Tondre Wines.  They only make about 300 cases of one pinot, selling the majority of their fruit to other wineries in the area.  "Enough for family and friends."

Yes, the romantic Alarids, owners of Tondre Wines. They only make about 300 cases of one pinot, selling the majority of their fruit to other wineries in the area. "Enough for family and friends."

The Tondre's lone pinot.

The Tondre's lone pinot.

Snapshot of Fred Scherrer's wines.  This man makes superb wines.

Snapshot of Fred Scherrer's wines. This man makes superb wines.

Approaching the Kenneth Volk Vineyards table and crew.

Approaching the Kenneth Volk Vineyards table and crew.

The Kenneth Volk lineup, at least a portion of it.

The Kenneth Volk lineup, at least a portion of it.

More pictures of the crowd....

More pictures of the crowd....

BAlletto Vineyards does a great job with their very price accessible, quality offerings.

Balletto Vineyards does a great job with their very price accessible, quality offerings.

One last shot of the eager attendees.

One last shot of the eager attendees.

Me outside of Fort Mason, taking a breather and enjoying the view of the bay.

Me outside of Fort Mason, taking a breather and enjoying the view of the bay, before going back in for one last hurrah.

Here’s a list of wineries whose wines we tasted and enjoyed:

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Alta Maria Vineyards/NAtive9 Wines

Ampelos Cellars

Balletto Vineyards

C. Donatiello Winery

DuNah Vineyard & Winery

Failla Wines

Hirsch Vineyards

John Tyler Wines

Kanzler Vineyards

Kastania Vineyards

Keefer Ranch

Keller Estate

Kendric Vineyards

Kenneth Volk Vineyards

Londer Vineyards

Meiomi

Melville Winery

Olsen-Ogden Wines

Pali Wine Co.

Peay Vineyards

Perception Wines

Roessler Cellars

Roots Wine Company

Rusack Vineyards

Scherrer Winery

Tolosa Winery

Tondre Wines

Truchard Vineyards

Varner Wines

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