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Premier Pinot AVA Entices Wine Aficionados with Exclusive Tastings, Winemaker Dinner and More

2014 Pinot Classic email header image (2).jpgFor those who just can't swing a trip to France this May, the Russian River Valley is an obvious choice for some of the very best Pinot Noirs. Over Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25), this premier destination for wine and magical hospitality will host its annual celebration - the Pinot Classic. Comprising three separate events and opportunities to enjoy the abundance found in the Russian River Valley, the Pinot Classic truly does offer something for every style of wine drinker, from the scientifically minded, to the elegant connoisseur, to the weekend warrior who simply enjoys great wine and spectacular scenery. 

Five of the most compelling reasons to attend this year's festivities are detailed below:

1. You're a seasoned wine lover with a sophisticated palate.  Overall, more than 40 wineries will participate in the 2014 Pinot Classic, allowing guests to differentiate their tasting experiences with access to yet-to-be-released wines and exclusive barrel tastings. The elegant Paulée Dinner also presents a rare opportunity to enjoy favored wines shared from vintners' personal cellars.

2. You're NOT a seasoned wine lover with a sophisticated palate.  With more than 40 diverse wineries welcoming guests for unlimited tastings throughout the Valley, the Passport to Pinot (May 24 & 25) is the ideal time to sample, compare and expand your appreciation for good wine with insights from resident experts and proprietors.

3. You love wine, but you also really love food.
  Between vertical tastings comparing various vintages throughout the years, you'll also enjoy perfectly paired bites of some of the Russian River Valley's finest local foods.  Once you've visited the experts on their turf, proceed to DeLoach Vineyards for the Paulée feast, artfully prepared by Chef Michou Cornu of Boisset Family Estates. Think such delicacies as Omble Chevalier with grilled white asparagus and organic petit lapin with fallot mustard sauce and roasted shallot potatoes...

4. You geek out when it comes to viticulture.  The Russian River Valley AVA is a veritable smorgasbord of rich soils, varying micro-climates and distinctly nuanced wine-making techniques.  The Neighborhoods Seminar on May 24 at 10 a.m. features an expert-led panel discussing the distinguishing characteristics of three of the region's separate neighborhoods; how these are expressed in the wines produced in each. 

5. You're out to impress with a magical location to uncover.  Bring a date, your parents, your high school friends who voted you "most likely to... nothing," and splurge on the Pinot Classic experience. Buy a ticket to all of the weekend's festivities and you'll create some amazing Russian River Valley memories. 

Besides, the French don't even observe Memorial Day, so it's still just a two-day weekend there.

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Gloria Ferrer Catalan Festival

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A Spanish Heritage of Wine, Music and Food



Transport yourself to the beauty and culture of Spain without the expense! Visit Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards this summer, July 19-20, 2014, for their annual Catalan Festival. This two day celebration was established by the Ferrer family of Spain to honor the opening of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in 1986, the first Catalan-owned winery in California.

Each day of the lively festival, guests will stroll Las Ramblas, replicating Barcelona's popular main street filled with the colors, smells and sounds of Spain.  Along the way they will sample savory tapas, enjoy paella and cooking demonstrations, and participate in educational seminars, cocktail demonstrations, food & wine pairings and a festive grape stomp.  Acclaimed Gloria Ferrer Carneros sparkling and estate varietal wines, as well as select wines from the Ferrer family's Spanish wineries, will be available for sipping. 

Those captivated by the mood may also learn to dance the traditional Sardana or learn about Havaneras. This year, music and entertainment will be provided by Makru Music and Sol Flamenco.  Finally, each year the handmade artistic replica of the Gegants de Mataró made specifically for Gloria Ferrer is presented during the festival. These 15-foot-tall paper mâché figures represent the Catalan Medieval King & Queen and are traditional to every Catalan town festival.

Tickets range from $60-90 per person and are on sale now at www.gloriaferrer.com or call the winery directly at (707)933-1917. The winery is located at 23555 Carneros Highway in Sonoma Wine Country. This is a popular event, so buy your tickets early!

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