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Pinot Days, Chicago, November 13, 2010

Grand Festival
Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 60 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 300 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Come taste the highly acclaimed 2007 vintage, and talk with the gifted winemakers who created these beautiful wines. Attendees will have access to pinots previously unavailable in Illinois. Local specialty food purveyors will serve delectables that pair well with pinot. Click here for more information.

Winemakers Dinner at Uncommon Ground
Award winning Executive Chef Brian Millman will present food pairings for each Pinot producer. Enjoy phenomenal wine and food in an ideal environment for doing both! Uncommon Ground has recently been named Best New Restaurant in Chicago Magazine and Time Out Chicago. Their organic rooftop garden (from which they create incredible dishes) has attracted even the Mayor s notice, and earned them countless accolades, including their official title as "The First Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the Country. This pinot-paired appetizers and four-course dinner will be one for the archives, and this dinner is one not to miss. Click here for more information.

Pinot 101 with Brian Duncan: Prepare for Pinot Days
Before heading to Saturday’s Grand Festival where you can taste over 350 pinots, you’ll want to take this crash course in great pinot noir with Brian Duncan, Chicago’s most knowledgeable and celebrated pinot noir fan and the brilliant “Wine Guy” behind Bin 36. Under Brian’s tutelage and with 16 of the finest pinots on the market before you, you will discover why everyone raves about pinot noir (and about Brian himself, who is tall on charm, knowledge and wit!). You will explore pinot’s various regions and celebrated vineyards and see the difference that land makes. You will experience pinot’s considerable breadth of style, ranging from elegant and restrained to bold and deeply fruity. And you will meet the colorful and mind-bogglingly talented personalities behind each of these exceptional wines and hear great stories of their winemaking labors of love. Click here for more information.

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