Beating the Heat at 2013 Pinot Days San Francisco by Jennifer
July 5, 2013, 11:06 am
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2013 Pinot Days San Francisco

Entrance to Festival Pavilion at Ft. Mason During 2013 Pinot Days San Francisco (photo: J. Waits)

In the midst of a warm San Francisco weekend, Pinot Days took place on the edge of the San Francisco Bay on Sunday, June 30, 2013. While crowds swarmed into the city for a particularly celebratory Pride Parade following marriage equality rulings this week, others migrated to Ft. Mason in order to sample Pinot Noir. In the large warehouse space, we were nestled between Wait Cellars (no relation to Waits-Mast, although we are friendly with owner Bob Wait, as we’ve all been making wine in San Francisco since 2005) and Walt Wines in the alphabetical arrangement of wineries at the event.  After getting our table in order, we trotted out a rotating selection of samples of Waits-Mast Family Cellars Pinot Noir throughout the day.

Waits-Mast Rose of Pinot Noir

Chilling the Rose (photo: J. Waits)

We figured that our iced 2012 Waits-Mast Rose of Pinot Noir from Mendocino would be a welcome first sip for many tasters, especially if they trekked into the city from the hotter outskirts. Although some people skipped it (when offered the rose, there are people who give us the “are you kidding?” look), others seemed to be excited to try it. One fellow told us that he didn’t normally like rose. He agreed to try it and liked it, saying that it was “not the typical rose.” Brian was pleased by that and even snapped a picture of the taster while we were changing his mind about rose. A lot of people commented that it was “nice and dry,” and others said that it had “nice, upfront fruit,” was a “nice summer wine,” that it had a “gorgeous nose,” and was “fun.”

Pouring Wine at Pinot Days San Francisco

Brian pours wine for the crowds at Pinot Days San Francisco (photo: J. Waits)

As far as our straight Pinot Noir selections, we poured the 2010 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from Oppenlander Vineyard in Mendocino. People called the wine “homey,” “delicious,” “lush,” “good from beginning to end to after the end,” “a little spicy,” and “my favorite.”  The 2010 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from Londer Vineyard in Anderson Valley was described as having “spicy, forest” notes with “great aromatics.” A taster said that he loved the acidity and found the wine to be “very Burgundian.” Another said that it was “so juicy” and “the best wine all day.”

Wine glasses

Pre-Pinot Days staging of wine glasses (photo: J. Waits)

We also rotated in a few tastes from our two remaining 2009 releases. The 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from La Encantada Vineyard in Sta Rita Hills was described as a “nice, mature wine” and the 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from Amber Ridge Vineyard in Russian River inspired one seasoned taster who typically spits out wine during big tasting events to say, “I had to swallow. This is not spit wine.”

All in all, it was a hectic day where we talked wine with friends, wine industry colleagues, Pinot Noir fans, media, and representatives from restaurants and retail shops. As scarfing down a few empanadas (thanks to the kindness of a new friend), we packed up the table and made our way back home.


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