SOURCE: Bay Area Wine Project

Bay Area Wine Project

October 06, 2010 14:33 ET

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

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 6, 2010) -  More than 300 acclaimed pinots will be poured at the 4th Annual Pinot Days Chicago, a pinot noir wine event that takes place November 11th-November 13th, 2010. Pinot Days, www.pinotdays.com, 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. Pinot Days 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 70 acclaimed winemakers who produce them. Event tickets and detailed information about Pinot Days can be purchased at www.pinotdays.com.

Founded by The Bay Area Wine Project with the ultimate goal of advancing the profile of pinot noir, Pinot Days is a three-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 2010 may be the best year in Pinot Days Chicago's 4-year history. She explained, "Pinot noir is at its best, with quality and breadth of style increasing with every vintage. The winemakers attending this year's Grand Festival are among the best in the country. We expect this year to be the ultimate celebration of the 'noble grape.'"

Pinot Days events for 2010 will include a hosted Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner at Uncommon Ground, and a "Pinot 101" with Sommelier Brian Duncan, held at the renowned Bin 36 restaurant, featuring 16 notable pinot noir producers including Rod Berglund of Joseph Swan, Ed Kurtzman of August West, and Wes Hagen of Clos Pepe.

Each year, Pinot Days conducts a large-scale annual charity auction at the San Francisco event, the proceeds of which go to one IOCC charity. This year's Pinot Days Charity Auction Beneficiary is the IOCC's Prevention of Mother to Child HIV/AIDS Transmission (PMTCT) activities currently being undertaken in Ethiopia. 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 $91K 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 Southern California. Pinotdays.com 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 www.pinotdays.com.

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