Pinot Days 2011 Kicks off in Chicago with Four Days of Special Events and a Grand Festival.

Pinot Days 2011 Kicks off in Chicago with Four Days of Special Events and a Grand Festival.
Raise a glass to toast the 5th Annual Pinot Days in Chicago.

Over 70 of the top pinot noir wineries and winemakers from around the globe will descend on Chicago this week to "get the word out" about the diversity and quality of their wines at the 5th annual "Pinot Days". AND--the word is--according to Pinot Days founder Steven Rigisich that, “Pinot noir is the most versatile red grape variety on the planet." Rigisich continues,  "its range of styles makes it infinitely fascinating to drink and to pair.  You can find a pinot to pair with any food, to please any palate, and to match any mood.   It is this amazing diversity of style that compels so many to pursue pinot noir so passionately".  Agree or disagree, you can check out the many faces of pinots at this weeks Pinot Days seminars and special events that connect wine enthusiasts directly with winemakers.

Pinot Days Chicago kicks off this Wednesday, November 9th and will continue through Saturday, November 12 culminating with the "Grand Festival" at Navy Pier.  Special events will take place at venues including Uncommon Ground, Aria Restaurant, Just Grapes, Eno Wine Room at the Fairmont Hotel, and others.  This year's theme is:  Stylistic Diversity--calling attention to the versatility of pinot noir.

Check out Highlights of Pinot Days plus get the special Show Me Chicago DISCOUNT CODE for tickets:

Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Guests can sample 35 types of cheese from around the world,  hand-crafted truffles and chocolate bars and, of course, wine at this special event at Fairmont Millennium Park. The event features six  pinot producers including the acclaimed Clouds Rest and Small Vines Wines, Clos Pepe and winemaker Wes Hagen, Le Cadeau from Oregon, Landmark and winemaker Greg Stach, Jim Ball Vineyards (a Chicago local) and Native 9, who stole Eno customer's hearts last year.  6:00pm-8:00p.m. 
Eno Wine Room at the Fairmont Chicago,  200 North Columbus Drive. $20.

Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Uncommon Ground will host a special pinot and pairings night. Featured pinots will include Scherrer, Barra of Mendocino and Girasole, and Porter Creek. These three producers will offer a wide breadth of style that epitomizes the amazing versatility of pinot noir. Uncommon Ground's chef Chris Spear will prepare 3 courses to pair with these wines. Jordan Warners of Candid Wines will talk about the wines, and Chef Spear will talk about the food pairings in a very intimate setting. Seating is limited, call today to book at 773-465-9801. 6:00pm-8:00pm. 
Uncommon Ground on Devon,  1401 West Devon. $30.

Friday, November 11, 2011.

Potash Brothers Market will offer a free pinot tasting event featuring a few of their favorite pinot producers. Guests will each be offered a pour their finest pinots and talk "pinots." The tasting will be in a seminar format, and will be educational, casual and fun.  Call Don to reserve your spot at (312) 627-9463. 4:00pm-7:00pm.
 Potash Brothers Market on Clark Street, 1525 N. Clark St.

Friday, November 11, 2011.

Aria’s Chef Beverly Kim Clark  has put together a four course menu of pinot-focused dishes that will allow the wines to shine. Guests will enjoy two pinots with each artistically-prepared course, as well as the company of eight winemakers. The winemakers will move seats with every course so that they are able to share their stories with attendees. Focusing on locally grown ingredients, Chef Beverly’s courses feature delicacies from Asia prepared with a local flair. The pinot lineup will feature some of pinot’s most renowned regions and vineyard. 6:00pm-9:00pm. 
Aria Restaurant at the Fairmont, Millennium Park - 200 North Columbus Drive. $95.

Saturday, November 12, 2011.

A VIP tasting will allow guests to enter Saturday's Grand Festival two hours early, at 11:00a.m., to experience a rare clonal tasting and blending seminar, and a Valleys Tasting “Tour” of two famed pinot valleys – the Russian River Valley and the Willamette Valley. The Valleys Tasting will be led by two regional experts (both equipped with charm, good stories and first-hand, "insider" regional knowledge).  For the last half hour you can roam the festival and taste any of the 60 featured wineries in an intimate setting. The public will be admitted at 1p.m., and you are free to stay and taste until the 5p.m. closing.  11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Navy Pier, Chicago, Exhibit Hall B,  600 East Grand Avenue. $95.

Saturday's Grand Tasting Festival will showcase over 70 producers of pinot noir.  Consumers will be able to sample up to 150 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Attendees will have access to pinots previously unavailable in Illinois. Local specialty food purveyors will serve delectables that pair well with pinot.  1:00pm-5:00pm. 
Navy Pier, Chicago, Exhibit Hall B,  600 East Grand Avenue. Tickets to Saturday's Grand Tasting are $50 plus a $3.29 fee.


Event tickets and detailed information about Pinot Days can be purchased at 

Show Me Chicago discount code:

Enter:     SHOWMECHI11 for 10% off Grand Festival and VIP Tasting tickets (both events are Saturday).

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