When a bunch of winemakers travel from their vineyards so close to crush, they must have good reason. For more than five dozen Oregon winemakers traveling to Seattle on September 11, that reason is to spread the Burgundian-grape gospel at Pinot in the City.
Every spring and fall, the Willamette Valley’s top winemakers hit the road to personally bring their wines–and their stories--to big cities like L.A., Chicago and New York. For this fall’s expedition, Seattle gets the honors, as 66 winemakers and owners convene at the industrial-chic Sodo Park event space just south of downtown.
This is your chance to taste some of the best pinot noirs coming out of Oregon’s award-winning Willamette Valley, as well as other cool-climate wines like chardonnay, pinot gris and Riesling. Even better, this isn’t one of those mass tastings with booths manned by tasting room employees and distributors. The people pouring the wines are the ones who made them, so you get to come face-to-face with the backstory behind each bottle.
The lineup includes notables like Nate Klostermann of Argyle Winery, known for its sparkling wines; Gary Horner of Erath Winery, one of Oregon’s pinot noir pioneers and the first winery in the Dundee Hills; and Lynn Penner-Ash, founder and winemaker of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, who cut her teeth in some of California’s most esteemed wineries, including Domaine Chandon and Stag’s Leap. To complement the 200 wines being poured, award-winning Herban Feast catering will offer a belly-filling appetizer menu of crispy polenta, flank steak, pork sandwiches, creamy leek gratin, artisan cheeses and more.
The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and tickets cost $65, which includes all wine, food and a commemorative glass. To order tickets or for more information, go here.
Pinot in the City
Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave S
September 11, 6-9 p.m.