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SAN FRANCISCO 2015

On March 16, 2015, the thirty-three member wineries of IPOB gathered in San Francisco to share their pinot noirs and chardonnays. Click here for a list of our member wineries.

 

DATE

Monday, March 16, 2015

 

VENUE

City View at the Metreon
135 Fourth Street, Suite 4000
(corner of Fourth & Mission)
San Francisco, CA

 

SCHEDULE

10am – 11am

Seminar 1

11:30am – 1pm

Keynote & Seminar 2

1pm – 4pm

Trade & Media Tasting 

6pm – 9pm

Consumer Tasting 

 
 

RESTAURANT PARTNERS

During the consumer tasting, food was provided by some of the Bay Area’s best restaurants, including:

Bar Tartine
Cavallo Point
Chada Thai (NV)
Nopa
Passionfish
RN74
Scopa
SPQR
St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant

 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Seminar 1: Vintage Variation and the Pursuit of Balance

Moderator:

Andrea Immer Robinson, Master Sommelier

Panelists:

Gavin Chanin, Winemaker, Chanin Wine Co.
Ehren Jordan, Proprietor, Failla
Ross Cobb, Winemaker, Hirsch Vineyards

Description:

Vintage variation represents a profound challenge in the pursuit of balanced winemaking. How can winemakers achieve their interpretation of balanced wine year after year, especially in the face of climate change and increasingly marginal vineyard sites? How are questions of style and consistency challenged by difficult growing seasons and the demands of the market place? Should winemakers abandon ideals of noninterventionist winemaking or organic / biodynamic viticulture when faced with conditions that could thwart their pursuit of balanced wine? In this seminar, each winery will show a vertical of one wine from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages. Click here for a list of wines to be poured. 

Tickets:

$125 per person. Advance ticket purchase required. 

 

Seminar 2: Selling Balance: the Business of California Pinot Noir

Moderator:

Jordan Mackay, wine writer

Panelists:

Jim Clendenen, The Mind Behind, Au Bon Climat
Sara Floyd MS, Fine Estates From Spain/Swirl Wine Brokers/Luli Wines
Jim Knight, The Wine House, Co-Owner
David Lynch, St. Vincent, Owner & Wine Director

Description:

In the wake of an ongoing debate within the wine community over the notion of balance, we step back and reflect. How is the concept of balanced Pinot Noir faring out in the wider world of the wine business? Is it compelling? Is it moving the needle? Most critically: does it sell? To grapple with these questions, we’ve enlisted an opinionated panel from multiple areas of the wine business—production, distribution, sales and restaurants—who will offer their long-term perspective on the changing face of California pinot noir and its reception in the marketplace. The wines to be tasted will be selected by the panelists to display a shifting and perhaps challenging notion of what makes great California Pinot Noir. Click here for a list of wines to be poured.

Tickets:

$125 per person. Advance ticket purchase required.

 

Keynote Address: California’s Next Move

Speaker:

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

Description:

It has been an exhilarating few years for California wine. Where big, intense wines were the norm just a decade ago, today many of the state’s top winemakers are committed to making wines with finesse and clarity of flavor — and nowhere is the change more evident than with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This goes beyond “balance”; it’s a fundamental shift in our wine culture. With success comes responsibility. How will the best producers continue to advance their work? How do we define a modern Californian wine style without simply making comparisons to great Old World benchmarks? How do we deepen our understanding of the reality (rather than the artifice) of California’s terroir? Writer and critic Jon Bonné will consider these questions in his Keynote Address. 

Tickets:

Included with the purchase of a Seminar 2 ticket. 

 

Trade & Media Tasting

Description:

Walk-around tasting. 

Tickets:

Open to members of the press, wine buyers and sommeliers by invitation only. Invites to be sent out in early 2015. 

 

Consumer Tasting

Description:

Walk-around tasting with bites provided by top Bay Area restaurants

Tickets:

$125 per person. Advance ticket purchase required. 

 
 

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