Pinot Noir: Articles on the Pinot Noir Red Wine Grape Varietal

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2006 Sanford Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 76

"Wines from the movie Sideways". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2006 Sanford Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard from Santa Barbara County, California.

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2005 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 71

"Wines from the movie Sideways". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2005 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California.

California Pinot Noir, Sonoma - Wine Vintage Chart

California Pinot Noir    
2009 90 D/H
2008 91 D/H
2007

Pinot Noir in La Cote de Beaune: Burgundy’s Bouchard

The name Burgundy conjures up images of lush pinot noirs and chardonnays with expensive price tags, served to you with a French accent. It’s most wine lovers dream to visit the region and immerse yourself in pate, pinot and pastries.

Santa Barbara County Wine: The State of the Grape 2008

In about 1820, a San Antonio winery was built in what is now Goleta, just north of the City of Santa Barbara.  The wine was made predominately for the missions as sacramental wine, but the padres undoubtedly made a little extra on the side.  The lonely adobe winery is still standing and nearly 200 years later, the wine industry in Santa Barbara County is thriving, in spite of the fluctuations of the economy, transitional markets, fickle consumers and inconsistent harvests.

hope & grace

The Vibe: 

Tucked away in a charming plaza, alongside art galleries and a custom jeweler, Hendricks tasting room, which features hope & grace wines, offers a quaint tasting counter, a handful of antiques, and two oil paintings worthy of contemplation. Winemaker Charles Hendricks has served as a Napa consultant for more than two decades, and while he’s known for making cabernet, he loves his pinot. Sourcing his fruit from Napa (cab) and the Santa Lucia Highlands (pinot) and naming the wine after his two daughters, Hendricks released his first wines with the 2001 vintage. Today, they make about 1800 cases, available primarily in the tasting room and at various high end restaurants.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Art enthusiasts
  • Antique enthusiasts
  • hope & grace enthusiasts
  • Individuals and small groups
  • Shoppers
  • Strollers (as in, people who walk; not the kind with the kids)
Not good for: 
  • Large Groups
  • Tours
  • Events
  • Kids
Known For: 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir
Pictures: 
The tasting room

Locations

6540 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 10.512" N, 122° 21' 43.4376" W
6540 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 10.512" N, 122° 21' 43.4376" W
Phone Number: 
7079442500

Hill Family Estate

The Vibe: 

Right next door to the acclaimed Bistro Jeanty, and fronting the beautiful Antique Fair antique shoppe, the tasting room of Hill Family is a natural stop between lunch and shopping. While the antique store has been around for more than three decades, the tasting space is less than two years old, but you wouldn’t guess this as you step through the recycled doors into the antique-bedecked room. 19th century French furniture, salvaged from the cellars and attics of French chateau, greet you upon entry and beckon you to the back. Before you begin browsing however, you must stop at the tasting counter and pick up a pour of the chardonnay, pinot, or Origin, so you have something to sip as you admire the heavy woods and fine finishes on the armoires, tables, chairs, desks, and other stout pieces in the store. Linger long enough, and you may forget you aren’t in France.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Antique enthusiasts/shoppers
  • Small to medium sized groups
  • Small, private tastings
Not good for: 
  • Large groups
  • Tours
  • Picnics
  • Weddings
  • Events
Known For: 
Origin (Cab/Merlot/Malbec Blend), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pictures: 

Locations

6512 Washington Sreet
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 4.1436" N, 122° 21' 35.7192" W
6512 Washington Sreet
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 4.1436" N, 122° 21' 35.7192" W
Phone Number: 
7009449580

Of Purpose, Pigmy Goats and Pinot Noir: Flying Goat Cellars

Norm Yost started his career into the world of wine as a beer drinking football player, specifically offensive guard and tackle. Sure, he was at UC Davis, but he had been recruited right out of high school to play football, Division 2, not to do any mamby-pamby wine related stuff. His roommate in college was studying fermentation science and enology and would conduct wine tastings, which got Norm's attention. “I was really intrigued by it,” he recalled.

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