2006 Pinot Days – Part 1

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The 2nd annual Pinot Days was held in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Event Center, June 23-24. Organizers Steve and Lisa Rigisich and Eric and Teri White continue to tweak this event, making it one of the must-attend Pinot Noir festivals during the year. The festivities included a series of sit-down blind tasting of the best producers from the Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellations, followed by a look at the wines of Pisoni, Garys’ and Rosella’s vineyards, from the Santa Lucia Highlands. There were also a number of smaller regional or vineyard-specific tastings, followed by the huge Grand Tasting, with wines from 140 Pinot Noir producers from California, Oregon, and New Zealand.

While all of this wine was being poured, your diligent GrapeRadio crew was busy interviewing attendees and winemakers.

Join us as we sit down with:

Steve Rigisich and Eric White, Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com
Gary Pisoni, Pisoni Vineyards and Wines: www.pisonivineyards.com
Alder Yarrow, Vinography: www.vinography.com
Pam Bacagalupi, Bacagalupi Vineyards/John Tyler Wines: www.johntylerwines.com
Rod Berglund, Joseph Swan Vineyards : www.swanwinery.com
Suzie Bynum, Davis Bynum Winery: www.davisbynum.com

More Information on Pinot Days:

2007 Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com

Sponsor: Champagne USA: www.champagne.us

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glasses, glasses, glasses….

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Brian and Jay talk with Dain Wines’ David Dain Smith

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Brian and Jay talk with Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff

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the tables are turned – Jay is interviewed by cableTV

8 Responses to “2006 Pinot Days – Part 1”


  1. 1 Steve Apr 30th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Great show…so where are those pictures we were promised?

  2. 2 GrapeRadio Bunch Apr 30th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Sorry, we were a little behind. The photos from Pinot days are now added.

    The Crew

  3. 3 Jason Adams May 1st, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Hello Bunch,

    Just finished most of part one and the thing that has piqued my interest (again) is clones. My understanding of botany vs. biology seems to be limited. When does a vine mutate? Is this at every season? When and how do you change from clonal selection to massal selection? Where and how does rootstock selection fit into this picture? I have had wine from native rooted wines and coujld really tasted the difference. How does one pair a specific clone to a site without pairing a specific rootstock?

    It seems the more information you have the less you know.

    Keep it up guys.

    Jason Adams

  4. 4 peter cargasacchi May 1st, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Jason,

    Vines mutate relatively infrequently but over time small mutations occassionally occur.

    Massale selection is the practice of propagating new plant material from numerous selected mother vines in the vineyard. The plant material is not homogenous. Those who practice selection massale believe the genetic diversity improves the character and complexity of the final wine.

    Clonal selection is different from massale in that all the material propogated comes from a single mother vine. All the offspring are genetically identical and homogenous.

    Rootstock fit in because they provide grapevines with resistance to soil pests. For example different rootstocks convey resistance to phylloxera, (a concern in clay soils,) and other rootstocks convey resistance to nematodes, (a concern in lighter and sandier soils.)

    Also rootstocks impart benefits releated to particular soil types. (Example nutrient availability and pH conditions. Other attributes to name a couple, drought tolerance, resistance to salinity, improved flower fertility, etc.

    Rootstocks have a huge range of other attributes they can convey. I believe wine quality is improved through the use of rootstocks because they can be used to decrease vine vigor and to limit the uptake of nutrients. Rootstocks can be used as a control mechanism.

  5. 5 Robert Yamada May 3rd, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Peter, you’re my hero! Thanks for sharing the info. I’ve gotta see your vineyard.

    Great show guys! Keep em’ comin’!

  6. 6 Katey BAcigalupi Oct 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Great interview! We love Pinot Days, what a great event. Looking forward to next years event.

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