What is better than one glass of Pinot Noir? Many glasses of Pinot Noir during the course of three days ! You and your friends can experience a fun and educational weekend swirling, sipping, and being social at the myriad of events offered in Santa Cruz in March!! Enjoy!
The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association announces the 9th Annual Pinot Paradise festival starting March 22nd through the 24th, 2013. This year, the event has been expanded over three days to include two winemaker dinners, a Tastemakers Gathering, a Technical Session about minerality in wine, a VIP reception, the Pinot Pathway self-guided tour on Saturday, and the very popular Grand Cruz Wine and Food tasting on Sunday.
March 22, 2013 – Come and learn about Minerality in the Santa Cruz Mountains from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Taste and Terroir Technical Session at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA. This session is open to consumers, winemakers, winegrowers, trade and media and anyone interested to take a closer look at the wines from the region. Featured guest speaker is legendary Josh Jensen, Founder and Proprietor of Calera Wine Company. Following the technical session guests may participate in “Meet the Winemaker” VIP reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tickets for both events are $65 online.
That evening The Mountain Winery and the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) host an Ultimate Pinot Noir Winemaker Dinner from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. featuring six winemakers. Savor food pairing demos by Executive Chef David Sidoti with winemakers Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards, Craig Handley of Pleasant Valley Vineyards, Philip Nelson of Silvertip Vineyards, and Ryan Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards as well as others. Guests may choose a favorite Santa Cruz Mountains winemaker when purchasing tickets online. Tickets for the dinner are $125.00, and seating is limited.
March 23, 2013 – Participants can visit over 30 wineries along the Pinot Pathway. Sip, sample and savor your way on a self-guided tour visiting the many Pinot Noir producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards. Many wineries will be offering special experiences, including Beauregard Vineyards, Big Basin Vineyards, Black Ridge Vineyards, Dancing Creek Winery, Hallcrest Vineyards, Regale Winery, Silvertip Vineyards and The Mountain Winery. Tickets can be purchased online or at any participating winery. Please check the website for updated winery participation. Pinot Pathway tickets are $25.00.
That evening, Pinot Paradise will also host a second Ultimate Pinot Noir Winemaker Dinner at Shadowbrook Restaurant in beautiful Capitola-by-the Sea. Enjoy meeting the winemakersfrom Burrell School Vineyards, Dancing Creek Winery, Hallcrest Vineyards, Silver Mountain Vineyards, Silvertip Vineyards and others. Enjoy a culinary experience prepared by Executive Chef, Ashley Hosmer. Seating is limited. Tickets are $125.00.
March 24, 2013 – Pinot Paradise presents its Grand Cruz Food and Pinot Noir Tasting at the Villa Ragusa in Old Town Campbell. Doors open from 12 to 2 p.m. for VIP, Trade and Media and 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the general public. Taste Pinot Noirs from over 30 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with delectable food provided by local gourmet restaurants. VIP tickets are $100.00 online and general admission is $75.00.