SOURCE: The Bay Area Wine Project

The Bay Area Wine Project

January 04, 2010 09:00 ET

Pinot Days Southern California Is a Unique Food and Wine Event That Engages All the Senses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2010) - The First Annual Pinot Days Southern California engages all the senses with its offering of gourmet food and 400 incredible pinot noirs. More than 75 pinot producers will pour their wines at Pinot Days, including the newly-released 2007 vintage, which critics are calling pinot's best vintage in decades, and maybe ever. The three-day Los Angeles food and wine event includes two intimate winemaker dinners and the Grand Festival, a wine tasting event which gives wine lovers the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of the world's best pinot noir and interact directly with the gifted and passionate winemakers who produce them. Pinot Days Southern California begins January 15 and culminates on January 17 with the Grand Festival at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. Event tickets can be purchased at

Pinot Days producer Lisa Rigisich said, "Los Angeles is a real food town and the innovative culinary scene in this city is the perfect complement to the depth, complexity and versatility of pinot noir. Like chefs, pinot producers are modern day artists with an intense passion for their craft. This dynamic lends itself well to Pinot Days because it allows food and wine lovers to learn about pinot by connecting to it with both their palate and through its producer."

The Pinot Days Southern California event line-up includes:

January 14  Pinot Days Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner at The Peninsula
            Beverly Hills
            January 14, 2010 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Beverly Hills, CA. $120

            Executive Chef James Overbaugh, whose creative culinary style
            is hailed for its emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients
            and flavors from around the world, will present appetizers and
            a four course pinot-paired dinner with fourteen different
            pinots. The winemakers will move seats with every course so
            they can share their stories with attendees.

January 16  Pinot Days Winemakers "Table Hop" Dinner at Sage on the Coast
            January 16, 2010 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Newport Beach, CA. $100

            Featuring renowned chef Rich Mead, this event offers an
            exquisite four course, pinot-paired dinner with fourteen
            different pinots. The winemakers will move seats with every
            course so they can share their stories with attendees.

January 17  Pinot Days Grand Festival
            January 17, 2010 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Barker Hangar,
            Santa Monica, CA. $50

            Sunday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 400 pinot noirs and
            the 75 winemakers who produce them. A culinary extravaganza,
            the Pinot Days Grand Festival features dozens of gourmet
            samplings from local food purveyors California Cheese and
            Butter Association, Corn Maiden Foods, Gourmet Grill Masters,
            Lourdes Gourmet Foods, Fishlips Sushi and more.

Event details and ticket information can be found at

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. 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

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Pinot Days/Bay Area Wine Project
    Margaret Ryan