Some lazy afternoons revolve around chilled sips of rosé. On the other 300-plus days of the year, when Karl the Fog is in full effect, it’s more comfy to wear long sleeves and opt for exploratory, medium-bodied sips that are definitely best at room temp. Enter Pinot Noir. On Aug. 26, over 60 producers from Oregon's gorgeous Willamette Valley have a Pinot in the City party at the Golden Gate Club — a compelling reason to head out, taste, and explore.
[jump] A 50th birthday party of sorts for the region, Pinot in the City is sponsored by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA). Running from Eugene to Portland, it's Oregon's biggest viticultural area. Planners say that pioneers such as Erath Winery and Adelsheim Vineyard will pour alongside up-and-comers like Et Fille and Willful Wine Company. For guests, it sounds like a chance for face time with the folks who create wine, meaning your inner wine geek will have lots to check out. The Willamette Valley is home to over 400 wineries, including many of the state’s oldest and most lauded. Along with the region’s esteemed Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley wineries produce many other varietals (Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris) that thrive in Oregon’s cool climate. Many of these wines are handcrafted in small batches, which is a trend we're definitely getting used to.
Pinot in the City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m., at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, 135 Fisher Loop. $65 to $80, with early bird pricing through July 31.
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