Think you Know Pinot? #Pinotinthecity Review

There are several variations on the quote:

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”


“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”


“The more I know, the less I understand.”

-Don Henley (What? Similar company, no?)

That is the only way to summarize the Pinot in the City event that I recently attended at the J.W. Marriot in Austin. That and I NEED TO GO TO WILLAMETTE VALLEY!

I digress.

I attended in the afternoon as media, in the evening as a fan, and in two separate blocks of time I still couldn’t taste everything I wanted to taste. There were tables that were consistently full. There were bigger names that I have sampled elsewhere or could buy locally. There were producers that were new to me. The truth is, I could have been there all day, taking palate-cleansing breaks, and still felt like I couldn’t hit everything. Not well, not with the attention they deserve.

I compared clones from neighboring vineyards and vertical samples from one plot. I tasted Pinot Gris that cleansed and teased my palate, Pinot Blanc, layered and zesty. I had a few sparkling wines and flat wines that sparkled. And while the wines warmed and pleased my palate, the winemakers, owners, and representatives warmed my heart. An amazing group of people.

Often at these events, you come away with a half a dozen stand out wines. This event had so many gems, standing out was more of a challenge. My only complaint was that this format does not give the opportunity to give the wines the time they deserve. There were so many that I wanted to sit with, observe. There were so many stories I wanted to hear, questions I wanted to ask. The day tasting left me intoxicated with out swallowing more that one ounce. The evening left me dancing (on the inside) and wanting more.

It has been a week and I have found myself searching homes on VRBO to rent in Willamette and for the labels in the stores. One of my new goals for 2017? I want to be able to compare and learn the various Pinot clones in depth. Different clones, same site. Same clones, different sites. The more I tasted, the more I saw the diversity. The more I know, the more I want to know, the more I realize I have so much to learn.

Many thanks to all of the wonderful people from the Willamette Valley Wineries who were still smiling and sharing at the end of the day. I just wanted to send them all to a spa and give them a beer. It is exhausting work that they don’t have to do. But they do. And I am so grateful for the chance to attend.

There is no way to pick a favorite, even five favorites, but here are some of the many standouts via Twitter and photos:

only one sample I didn’t spit/dump during the afternoon tasting and first stop in the evening.


@ColemanVineyard Such a pleasure to sample your varying clones. I’m hooked. #pinotinthecity

@Adelsheim Beautiful wines. Thank you for visiting #Austin. #pinotinthecity


Your was lively and delicious at a great price! Thanks for coming to !


Sampled a 26 yr old at with . Amazing

These labels are fabulous, aren’t they? Appropriate considering their contents.

  Beautiful wines. Thank you for taking the time to share at .

A pleasure to meet you at . I look forward to exploring your

Really lovely wines. A pleasure to meet you at #pinotinthecity

hope I didn’t scare Liz with my groupie like gushing over her wine…#pinotinthecity

Your wine shines! Will be stopping by @

(Can you tell I am a big fan of Elizabeth Chambers?)

was all I imagined and more. Need more time with these gorgeous wines! Must visit

Loved the layers in the Olsen Estate. inthecity.

delicious wines. A pleasure to meet you, Jessica!


Standout wines! Loved the white . we were singing your praises too! A visit is in order!


Brooks Pinot Blanc was unique and delicious…

I could go on an on. Imagine once I visit? I’ve drunk the Pinot, indeed.






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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

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