SOURCE: The Bay Area Wine Project

The Bay Area Wine Project

October 07, 2009 09:00 ET

Pinot Days Chicago Assembles Hundreds of Pinot Noir Makers and Their Wines for a Unique Wine Event and Wine Tasting Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - More than 300 acclaimed pinots will be poured at the 3rd Annual Pinot Days Chicago, a pinot noir wine event that takes place November 13th-November 14th, 2009. Pinot Days,, connects wine enthusiasts directly with winemakers creating a unique opportunity for new and seasoned wine lovers to experience, enjoy and deepen their knowledge of pinot noir. The two-day event includes intimate wine gatherings and tastings, winemaker dinners, and retail store tastings. Pinot Days culminates with the Pinot Days Grand Festival at historical Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, which gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of the world's best pinot noir and interact directly with the more than 100 acclaimed winemakers who produce them. Event tickets and detailed information about Pinot Days can be purchased at

Founded by The Bay Area Wine Project with the ultimate goal of advancing the profile of pinot noir, Pinot Days is a four-day celebration of pinot noir and its most brilliant winemakers, the vineyards, the grapes, and the often-bewitching process of urging the noble pinot grape into great wine. At Pinot Days, the winemakers and winery owners do the pouring, creating a uniquely engaging experience where wine enthusiasts can interact, ask questions and learn the stories behind what goes into making great pinot noir.

Pinot Days founder Steven Rigisich believes 2009 may be the best year in Pinot Days' five-year history. He explained, "Pinot's newly released 2007 vintage is nothing short of astounding, and is being touted as the best vintage in the history of domestic pinot noir. We expect this year to be the ultimate celebration of the 'noble grape.'"

Pinot Days Chicago wine events will include a hosted Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner, held at the renowned Bin 36 restaurant, featuring 18 notable pinot noir producers, and a wine and organic food pairing at Uncommon Ground, which was recently named Best New Restaurant in Chicago Magazine and Time Out Chicago.

At each event, Pinot Days conducts a large-scale annual charity auction, the proceeds of which go to one IOCC charity. This year's Pinot Days Charity Auction Beneficiary is Ethiopia's HIV Victim Food Relief Effort, an organization that provides food to victims of HIV so that they can take the necessary medications to counter the disease. 92% of the monies raised for this cause will go directly to providing food to people in the greatest need. Pinot Days Annual Charity Auction has raised over $61K to date for various beneficiaries.

Pinot Days is an event that connects wine enthusiasts directly with winemakers creating a unique opportunity for new and seasoned wine lovers to experience, enjoy and deepen their knowledge of pinot noir. Produced by the Bay Area Wine Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of pinot noir, Pinot Days was created by Steven and Lisa Rigisich out of their love for the "the noble grape." The Bay Area Wine Project holds annual events in San Francisco, Chicago, and for the first time, Southern California in January of 2010. provides information about and access to wine-related events, wine education opportunities and wine trivia -- including articles about outstanding wine personalities, winery profiles, reviews of wine events, restaurant wine lists, formal tastings and more. For more information visit

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