2015 World of Pinot Noir

2015 World of Pinot Noir

This year WOPN was held at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California in March 2015. In fifteen short years, it has become a destination for Pinot lovers from around the world. Now this event includes a silent auction, seminars, films, wine-focused dinners and the always impressive Pinot Noir By The Sea Grand Tasting. This Grand Tasting was amazing! I was happy to attend. Enjoy the pictures.

The Scene

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The line-up to get into the Bacara.

 

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Inside, it can be a little hectic. Decorum is a must.

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Presented without comment…

 

The Wines and Winemakers

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Donum produces wines with grapes from Carneros, Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley

 

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Wrath

 

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Wrath wines are amazing! So is the winemaker, Sabrine M. Rodems.

 

 

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Sandhi wines are a must for any Pinot Noir aficionado. Superb.

Belle Glos makes three wines from three distinct growing areas.

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Barden is the Pinot Noir & Chardonnay label produced by Margerum Wine Company. Very nice and well worth your time.

Doug Margerum

This is Douglas Margerum. He is a certified wine celebrity. Awesome tasting room in Downtown Santa Barbara.

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Craig Camp! He was pouring some awesome 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir.

 

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This is winemaker Thibaud Mandet of Willakenzie Estate. He is French. His wines are other-worldly.

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This is winemaker Thibaud Mandet of Willakenzie Estate. He is French.

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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir. The angle of the label represents the slope of the vineyards.

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Paul Lato Pinot Noir

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Paul Lato, the man behind Paul Lato Wines.

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Semi-Random Frenchman named Christian and his notes. Well prepared to say the least.

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Ken Brown. California Pinot Noir royalty. And still very humble and wine-centered.

 

Overall, I had a great time. I missed out on some seminars but the wine made up for everything. The wines were so good and everyone was very kind. Dinner at Opal was very nice. And of course on Sunday we ate two pounds of crab legs on the pier and then bought a case of Jaffurs before we hit the road. Good times. Until next year, WOPN!