2009 Pinot Days – Seminar 1 – Part 1


At our recent visit to the 2009 Pinot Days in San Francisco, we spent some rewarding time at the focus tastings that have become a hallmark of the SF event. These tastings really ‘get into’ the wines of each producer, with an introduction to the vineyard as well as the specific growing area by the vineyard grower/owner. This year’s events offered comparative tastings of Pinot Noir from Hirsch Vineyard, Keefer Vineyard, Pisoni Vineyard, and Clos Pepe Vineyard, each from a separate California AVA.

To make it more interesting, each of the bottles are bagged (single blind), placed into individual flights, and tasted by participants, who are encouraged to dissect and guess each wine. Part One of our series introduces the wines of Hirsch Vineyard, with descriptions of each bottling by David Hirsch (Hirsch Estate), Bob Cabral (Williams Selyem), Kathy Berez (Failla), and Kevin Kelley (Lioco). Following the Hirsch tasting, was a comparison of wines from Keefer Ranch. After an introduction to the vineyard by Marcy Keefer, winemakers Ryan Zepaltas (Siduri), Kathy Berez (Failla), and Craig Strehlow (Keefer Estate & Freeman).

For More Info:

Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com
Prince of Pinot: www.princeofpinot.com
Hirsch Vineyards: www.hirschvineyards.com
Williams Seylem: www.williamsselyem.com
Lioco Wines: www.liocowine.com
Keefer Ranch: www.keeferranch.com
Siduri Wines: www.siduri.com
Freeman Winery: www.freemanwinery.com
Failla Wines: www.faillawines.com

Sponsor: Karafe, Wine Board Game: www.karafe.com

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2 Responses to “2009 Pinot Days – Seminar 1 – Part 1”

  1. 1 Rusty Gaffney MD Dec 11th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Just to set the record straight – I moderated these seminars at Pinot Days and Jay Selman attended as well, recording the interesting seminars in detail. Jay often does not receive the credit he deserves for the quality of these podcasts. Recording them takes considerable time and skill as the venues vary greatly in their microphone and acoustic environment. The introduction seems to imply that the Grape Radio “Crew” was present, but Jay and I were the only participants from Grape Radio and we devoted considerable time and effort to create these timeless recordings of famous winemakers. Some day these will prove to be invaluable to those who follow in the wine business.

  2. 2 GrapeRadio Bunch Dec 12th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the kind words Rusty. I think we make a great team. Of course, our fans should know you are a demanding taskmaster who excepts no compromise. 🙂

    All of us at GrapeRadio are very proud of the library of work we have created. He have a living history of people that have played (and continue to play) an important role in the wine industry. Anyone that is serious about increasing their knowledge about wine could benefit by taking the time to listen to some of the content we have posted.


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