|Pinot Days in San Francisco|
Next, we conjured a strategy. One of us would sit at a table and take notes, while the other would go to a booth and ask the winemaker to “pour me the best stuff you have—you’re in a contest to win winemaker of Pinot Days.” We’d taste the wine at the table and use the Robert Parker 100 point rating system.
|Bob Wait, Grand Prize Winner|
|Kevin Deschamp (l) and winemaker |
Gary Brookman (r) First Place Winner
Honorable mention goes to Manzoni EstateVineyard, mostly because my roommate is good friends with the owner, Mark Manzoni. But we do recommend their 2010 Manzoni Home Vineyard Pinot Noir.
At the conclusion of the event, both of us had a good buzz going, but we were ready to pay the piper. We went to the volunteer booth, put on our day-glo orange vests, and began our jobs as closing logistic technicians. This was the price to pay for a free entrance to the event—picking up used wine glasses, breaking down tables and collecting garbage. Still, we had a blast and look forward to doing it again next year. Cheers.