Pigs & Pinot 2010

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photo credit: Charles Gesell

It's hog heaven again in Healdsburg for another year on March 19, 20, 2010 with the annual Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot weekend. Held at award-winning Hotel Healdsburg, this event  "brings together the country's most prolific pork and wine professionals, including four Master Sommeliers, toasting and tasting their way to determine the winner of the coveted Pinot Cup"

It's so popular that the weekend lodging packages sold out in a mere few hours!  The next opportunity to buy a la carte event tickets is January 21st at 12 noon (PST). Mark your calendars, set your phone alarms and alerts if you want a ticket to one of the hottest events in Sonoma Wine Country.

Read on for a peak at the events lined up for this year:
This year, Charlie gets his swine on with all-star partners in pork:
  • Tyler Florence (Food Network)
  • Kevin Gillespie (Woodfire Grill & Top Chef finalist)
  • Bryan Voltaggio (Volt restaurant & Top Chef finalist)
  • Roland Passot (La Folie, Left Bank and LBSteak restaurants)

Taste of Pigs & Pinot - Friday, March 19th ($135)
Sample over 50 highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir wines competing in the Pinot Cup competition, both from Sonoma County and around the world. Tastings are served alongside a variety of pork dishes, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates and other special creations from Chef Palmer and Dry Creek Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette, guest chefs, and local Healdsburg restaurants including: Cyrus, Zin, Manzanita and many others.

Swine & Wine Seminars - March 20th
10:30am-12:30pm: Tournament of the Pig (at Relish Culinary Adventures)
Charlie Palmer and three of his guest chefs will be divided into two talent-packed teams. The two teams will be given three different pork products which they will use to create three distinct dishes, along with ingredients they can find at Dry Creek Kitchen. The winning team, will be determined by a pork-loving judging panel. And yes, the audience gets to taste, too.

1:00pm-3:00pm: Ultimate Pinot Smack Down ($75)
What do you get when you add 16 Pinots and four Master Sommeliers? An exciting race to reach the Pinot pinnacle, with room for only one winner. Each Master Sommelier--Keith Goldston, Fred Dame, Drew Hendricks and Aureole Las Vegas Wine Director William Sherer--enters the room with his personal selection of four Pinot Noirs from around the world and proceeds to "sell" his favorites in this lively head-to-head pitch contest, followed by a tasting in which the audience picks the winner.

Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner, March 20th, 6:30pm ($300 pp)

Features a sumptuous five-course dinner at Hotel Healdsburg's Dry Creek Kitchen.  As a collaborative offering, each different course features a signature creation from Palmer or each guest chef, paired with a limited-production Pinot Noir from wineries Paul Hobbs, Papapietro Perry, Kosta Browne and Soter Vineyards.

*Proceeds from Pigs & Pinot 2010 will benefit Share Our Strength® and local Healdsburg education, including: The Healdsburg Education Foundation, St. John School, and The Healdsburg School.

>>Visit the website for more details and of course - to purchase tickets on January 21st. Click here for pictures of last year's event. If you're unable to attend Pigs & Pinot, Hotel Healdsburg is wonderful any time of year for a Sonoma Wine Country getaway!

Hotel Healdsburg
25 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431.7188

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That event was sold out before it even came on sale. :-(

There is a local Healdsburg Pinot & Pig Potluck Nearby for those who could not get in.


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