Oregon Vs. California Pinot Noirs

Pinot Noir is traditionally one of the harder wines to make well. A thin-skinned grape, Pinot Noir tends to need a cool, steady climate to ripen properly.

Pinot Noir

For years, California Pinots have been giving the French tough competition. But Oregon Pinots have long been on their way up, and according to some, have surpassed the quality of both the French and California wines.

Join WOW SF for a tasting comparing some of the best California Pinots with some of the best Oregon Pinots on Thursday, Jan. 31.

RSVP here: http://wowtastingpinots.eventbrite.com

Summer Whites: Not just for tennis players

Summer. Long warm days, evenings sitting outside on a patio, sipping a nicely chilled, crisp white wine.

Except in San Francisco, where it’s more likely you’ll be bundled up next to your heater, peering out into the fog and dreaming of the sunny days of fall to come. But hey, that’s no reason not to enjoy those tasty white wines others are drinking next to their pool. You’ve got sweaters, right?

A couple of my favs right now:

  • Chateau La Rose Du Pan Bordeaux, 2010. Inexpensive, in the $10 range or so, crisp, tasty and has a screw top so if you forget the opener on the picnic, not a problem.
  • Pride Mountain Vineyards, Viognier, 2010. Disclaimer – my bro works here, and I love, love their wines. This wine isn’t cheap; it runs in the $40s. But if you want a luscious white wine that’ll make you feel like you’re in love with a gorgeous man while on a vacation in the Caribbean, this is it.

Join WOW for our next tasting: Mystery Whites on Thursday, June 28 (http://wowmysterywhites.eventbrite.com/)

Place to go: Picchetti Winery (picchetti.com) in Cupertino. Don’t go if you want really great wine or a classy wine tasting experience (their tasting room decor leans to kitch and peacock feathers) but do go if you want to spend a day outdoors, hiking around the open space preserve behind the winery. Open Space Preserve.

Bring a picnic and after the hike, grab a bottle of their White Pavone and relax in the shade before heading back to the grind.

Have a favorites white wine or summer winery to go to? Share it with us!

WOW is Back!

Women on Wine, the women’s wine-tasting group I started back in 2007 (was it that long ago?!?) isn’t long gone. It’s just been on hiatus, due to, well, life and all.

But it’s back!! And to kick it off, I’ve got an awesome tasting set up on Thursday, November 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the Secret Wine Shop, a cool SF gem in a live-work loft on Harrison Street. The owner, Christy, represents small production wineries and has been spending harvest helping out in the vineyards this year. She’s promised to line up a winemaker to talk to us about the wines that will be poured that evening. (I’ve warned her that we can only focus so long on the education part of the evening.)

So spread the word, invite someone who hasn’t experienced the fantastic evenings that are WOW events, and be in on the return of WOW!

The details are on the right (if I’ve been able to get the widget to work correctly) or go here: http://www.eventish.com/1862  to sign up!

Oh, and I hope you like the website. It’s still in development, so stay tuned for new and improved stuff. Let me know if you have any ideas for future events, things you’d like to see on this site, great wines you’ve come across and anything else you’d like to share.

Hugs, Michelle