My event co-chair, Randy Schreiner, and I shared our true passion for Pinot Noir and knowledge of the wines. There was a handout full of information about the history of Pinot Noir and how pioneer winemakers in California and Oregon developed wines from this grape. We also addressed the differences in the 3 vintages that were tasted – 2013, 2011 and 2010 – and provided tasting notes for the wines.
Observing the crowd of 41 folks, there was notetaking, good conversation and much laughter. The seating at long tables where 4 people shared the food samples, fostered good interchanges amongst the attendees. Several mentioned they liked the simple food – salmon, bread, goat cheese, olives and celery – as it allowed the focus to be on the wine. The Barnard Griffin crew competently served the wine and food, expertly prepared by Chef Art Hademan. And, guests, new members and longtime members even won door prizes!
From comment cards, the Oregon wines were preferred. The 2013 Domaine Drouhin, Dundee Hills, Ore., 2011 Golden Eye, Anderson Valley, Calif., and 2012 Ponzi Vineyards Tavola, Willamette Valley, Ore., were favored. One person commented that the Oregon wines seemed to feature the grape and its nuances while the California wines seemed more like red wine slightly different from a
Cabernet. Whatever conclusions were drawn from this tasting, it was apparent from the comment cards that another Pinot Noir tasting is in our future!